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Iran earthquake: 250 dead, 1800 injured

At least 250 are dead after twin earthquakes rocked Iran on Saturday.

At least 250 people are killed and more than 1800 injured after two strong earthquakes rocked north-west Iran on Saturday.

Relief efforts are under way after the earthquakes, measuring 6.3 and 6.4 on the Richter scale, struck near Tabriz and Ahar on Saturday afternoon. More than 55 aftershocks were reported through the following hours.

BBC News reported that more than 100 villages are damaged, and thousands of people spent the night in emergency shelters.
Hospitals in the area are struggling to cope with the thousands of victims, and casualty figures are expected to rise, according to officials, Reuters reported.

The Turkish Red Crescent said it was sending a truck full of emergency supplies to the border. 

The Tehran Times also reported the a gas pipeline has cracked in the village of A'har, causing a major fire hazard.

Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes. In 2003, an earthquake in the city of Bam left 25,000 people dead.

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George Kafantaris More than 1 year ago
The Iranian people affected by the two devastating earthquakes on Saturday need shelter, food, medicine and doctors. The United Nations should make every effort to help them, and so should the United States. We are not made of stone -- despite our grave differences with the Iranian regime. This is a time for all of us to come together as a world community and offer relief to those in need, no matter what country they are from. Shivering cold, hunger and pain have no regime ideology, and none should stand in the way of our natural inclination to help.