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Death toll in Iran earthquake cross 250

August 12, 2012 - Tehran

Two powerful earth quakes killed at least 250 and injured thousands in the North-west Iran on Saturday. The hospitals were overcrowded with victims. The authorities made arrangements for the displaced by arranging makeshift camps. However, the large number of victims made it tough for the authorities to provide relief to all. Lack of tents and other supplies exposed some of them to the night chill. According to authorities, the casualties of the quake are expected to rise.

The twin earthquakes struck at 4:53 pm and 5:04 pm local time. They measured 6.2 and 6 on the Richter scale in the Iranian province of East Azerbaijan. The epicenter of the earthquake were located 15 kilometers away from Varzagan, 511 kilometers northwest of Tehran. Buildings were damaged due to the earthquakes. The quake were also felt in the neighboring provinces of West Azerbaijan, Zanjan, Ardebil and Gilan.

A deadly earthquake with a magnitude of 6.8 hit the southern region of Bam on December 26, 2003. Over 30,000 died and 50,000 were injured and damaged 70% of the buildings in area.

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