Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu has expressed his sympathy with his Iranian counterpart over devastating earthquakes that rocked Iran's northwestern province of East Azarbaijan. In a telephone conversation with Ali Akbar Salehi, Davutoglu offered his condolences to bereaved families of the victims and voiced his country’s readiness to provide any aid to the quake-stricken people.
Meanwhile, officials of the United Arab Emirates also extended their sympathies with quake-hit people and expressed readiness to send humanitarian aid to Iran.At least 250 people have been killed and over 2,000 others injured in two powerful earthquakes and subsequent aftershocks in East Azarbaijan Province on Saturday. A 6.4-magnitude earthquake struck the city of Ahar, near the provincial capital Tabriz, at 15:53 local time (1123 GMT). The quake struck 60 kilometers (37 miles) northeast of Tabriz at a depth of 9.9 kilometers (6.2 miles). Another quake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale jolted Varzaqan and Haris, located near Ahar, 11 minutes later at a similar depth. The epicenter of the quake was 49 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of Tabriz. Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes, experiencing at least one small tremor per day on average. SF/MA