Twin earthquake hits Iran: 250 people killed and thousands injured

Twin earthquake hits Iran: 250 people killed and thousands injured

Tehrān : Iran | Aug 12, 2012 at 12:38 AM PDT
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Two earthquakes hit northwest of Iran with magnitude 6.2 and 6.0 according to Tehran University's Seismological Centre on Saturday. The quake results to some people in the villages buried in the rubble and killed at least 250 people and around 1800 people are injured.

Feared for aftershocks the residents choose to stay on the street fro safer move. The condition of the some injuries are crucial and casualties are expected to rise. There are still trapped under the rubble inaccessible to rescue workers hampered by darkness in the first hours after the quakes.
About 110 villages were damaged by the twin quake as in which six were destroyed, 60 villages were sustained and 50 were damaged. Medical staff on some of the hospital were struggling to cope with about 500 injured. In the situation in Varzaghan hospital they already have shortages of medical and food supplies. With telephone communications disrupted in the disaster zone, northeast of the city of Tabriz, emergency teams were relying on radios and travelling in person to hard-hit villages to rescue and assess the destruction.

Red Crescent official Mahmoud Mozafar was quoted by Mehr news agency as saying about 16,000 people in the quake-hit area had been given emergency shelter.Health minister Marzieh Vahid Dastejerdi said the government had dispatched 48 ambulances and 500 blood bags to the worst affected areas. Still some villages needs foods, tents and drinking water.

The Turkish Red Crescent said it was sending a truck full of emergency supplies to the border. Turkey's Foreign Ministry said it had informed Iran it was ready to help. The country sits astride several major fault lines and is prone to frequent earthquakes. Meanwhile according to U.S. Geological Survey the first quake was 6.4 magnitude and said it struck 60 km (37 miles) northeast of the city of Tabriz at a depth of 9.9 km (6.2 miles). The second quake measuring 6.3 struck 49 km (30 miles) northeast of Tabriz 11 minutes later at a similar depth.

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The casualties as the twin earthquake hits Iran on Saturday
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