Iran – At least 180 killed in Iranian quake
August 12, 2012
The number of those killed by the earthquake on Saturday in northwestern Iran has risen to 180 people with number of injured now exceeding 1,300.
Two powerful tremors measuring 6.4 and 6.3 on the Richter scale stroke on Saturday near the towns of Tabriz and Ahar with their epicenters registered at a depth of 9.8 km, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.
Iranian emergency services have earlier reported about 90 killed and over 600 injured.
The quakes were also registered in neighboring Azerbaijan but no casualties have been reported, the local Seismology Institute said.
Scores die in Iran quake
An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale is known to have killed about 80 and injured up to 400 people in northwestern Iran.
Its focus was located some 10 km below ground, and the epicenter, about 30 kilometres from the city of Tabriz.
The quake was also felt in Azerbaijan and Armenia.
It was followed by a series of aftershocks.
Iran is known for its seismic activity, which sometimes takes the form of catastrophic earthquakes.
In 2003, more than 31,000 people were killed by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake which destroyed the southeastern city of Bam, with another 42,000 receiving injuries.