Two strong earthquakes struck Iran on Saturday, killing 250 people and injuring thousands of others.
Northwest Iran was jolted by some really strong earthquakes on Saturday. More than 250 people were killed and around 2,000 were injured. The deadly earthquake shook people out of their homes and they spent the nights following the earthquake outside their homes for fear of the deadly aftershocks. After the earthquake struck, rescuers combed through the rubble trying to look for any survivors who might be buried beneath, but so far, they have had little luck. There are people still stuck in that rubble.
The deadly Iran earthquake struck 37 miles northeast of the city of Tabriz and the time at which it struck was 3:25 p.m. local time. According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the earthquake measured 6.4 magnitude on the Richter scale.
The second earthquake stuck 11 minutes later, occurring at an area about 30 miles northeast of Tabriz. The second earthquake measured 6.3 in magnitude and its jolts were also felt very strongly. The second earthquake was felt the most at the town of Vazaghan, where people poured out into the streets for fear of getting squashed in their own homes.
According to the details provided, six villages have been completely destroyed by the earthquakes and around 60 villages have been 50 to 70 percent destroyed. In addition to the huge loss of life, the collateral loss due to these earthquakes in Iran has also been colossal and right now the exact extent cannot even be estimated.
Several aftershocks followed the two earthquakes and their magnitude ranged between 4.5 to 5 on the Richter scale. People were advised by officials to spend the next few nights outside for fear of the aftershocks. According to official estimates, there have been more than 40 aftershocks already and more are expected.
More than 200 people in the town of Varzaghan and Ahar have been rescued so far from the rubble of collapsed houses and buildings, but there are still thousands of them trapped underneath.
"Unfortunately there are still a number of people trapped in the rubble but finding them is very difficult because of the darkness," national emergency head Gholam Reza Masoumi was quoted as saying by msnbc.com.
Due to the earthquakes, phone lines were broken. Rescue workers say that they need immediate supplies to help people out of this rubble and later, food, shelter and clothing will also be required for the displaced people.