According to the latest reports, at least 180 people have died while more than 1,400 injured following Saturday’s two massive earthquakes, rocking Iran’s north western province of East Azerbaijan.
At around 15:53 (local time), a magnitude 6.4 earthquake rocked the entire Ahar city, a place close to the provincial Tabriz capital. The subsequent aftershocks caused more damages, leaving at least six villages completely destroyed.
According to Iran's state television, the massive blows damaged hundreds of homes in the city of Ahar, while according to the head of emergency services Gholamreza Massoumi, more deaths were expected.
Massoumi further conveyed that the injured ones were being treated at various medical facilities in Tabriz and Ardebil. Meanwhile, the epicentre of the earthquake was located some 850 miles, south of the country’s capital of Tehran, in the Bandar Abbas region.
Following the first powerful jolts, numerous aftershocks hit the region, causing severe damages in countless smaller towns and the major cities such as Varzeghan, Tabriz, Ardabil, Ahar and Mehraban Heris.