A woman walks over debris of her home in Varzaqan district after twin powerful earthquakes shook Iran’s northwestern province of East Azarbaijan on August 11, 2012. (File photo)
Brazil, Mexico, Ukraine, Venezuela and the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) have extended condolences over two powerful quakes which hit Iran's northwestern province of East Azarbaijan earlier this week.
Brazilian Foreign Minister Antonio de Aguiar Patriota, in a message addressed to his Iranian counterpart Ali Akbar Salehi on Wednesday, sympathized with the families of the victims hit by the natural disaster.
Mexican Foreign Minister Patricia Espinosa Cantellano also condoled with families of the victims and sympathized with the Iranian nation and government.
In a separate message, the Foreign Minister of Ukraine Kostyantyn Hryshchenko conveyed Kiev’s condolences to Tehran over the twin deadly tremors, and prayed for the quick recovery of the injured.
Meanwhile, Venezuelan Foreign Minister Nicolas Maduro Moros voiced sympathy with the Iranian nation and government over the earthquakes, announcing his country’s preparedness to dispatch humanitarian aid to the quake-stricken people in northwestern Iran.
The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay has also offered her condolences to Tehran over the twin deadly tremors, expressing hope that the Iranian government and nation will get through the hard times.
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 districts, which are located near Ahar, 11 minutes later at a similar depth. The epicenter of the quake was 49 kilometers (30 miles) northeast of Tabriz.
Twelve villages in Varzaqan have been completely destroyed by the earthquake and about 60 others have been partially destroyed.
Thousands of people were forced to remain outdoors as at least 20 aftershocks rocked the area.