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Earthquake kills at least 30 in Northwestern Iran
Sat Aug 11, 2012 4:20PM
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At least 30 people have been killed and 400 others injured when an earthquake measuring 6.4 on the Richter scale hit the northwestern part of Iran, the country’s State Emergency Center says.

On Saturday, a magnitude 6.4 earthquake struck the city of Ahar, near East Azarbayjan's provincial capital Tabriz at 15:53 local time.

Head of Iran’s State Emergency Center Gholamreza Ma'soumi said between 30-40 people have been confirmed dead as a result of today’s earthquake.

Early reports also say a total of 400 people have been injured in the quake-ridden areas who were transferred to medical centers in the cities of Tabriz and Ardebil,” Ma'soumi added.

Deputy Head of Iran's National Disaster Management Organization Morteza Akbarpour noted earlier that 11 aftershakes with different magnitudes have hit the northwestern part of the country.

Meanwhile, head of the Rescue and Relief Organization of Iran's Red Crescent Society (IRCS), Mahmoud Mozaffar, said 66 rescuers have been dispatched to the disaster area.

“Ahar, Varzaqan, Mehraban and Haris districts have been damaged in the earthquake,” Mozaffar added.

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