Iran earthquakes kills 250, injures over 2000
August 12 , 2012
Two earthquakes struck northwestern Iran on Saturday, killing at least 250 people and injuring more than 2000.
The quakes struck close the city of Tabriz and the town of Ahar. Most of the casualties are thought to be in villages on the outskirts.
The U.S. Geological Service measured the quakes at magnitude 6.4 and 6.3. The two earthquakes occurred within minutes of each other.
According to officials, at least four villages have been completely destroyed, while another 60 villages suffered damage ranging from 50 percent to 70 percent.
Phone lines to many villages have also been cut off, impeding rescue efforts.