300 killed, 2,600 injured in 2 Iran earthquakes
ReutersRescue teams search for victims in the earthquake-stricken village of Varzaghan in Iran. Two powerful earthquakes killed 300 people and injured 2,600 in northwest Iran, where rescue workers frantically combed the rubble of dozens of villages throughout the night and into Sunday as medical staff desperately tried to save lives.
BOSTON (MarketWatch) -- Two earthquakes in Iran have left approximately 300 people dead and more than 2,600 injured near the northwestern city of Tabriz, according to reports Sunday.
The first quake, which registered a magnitude of 6.4, struck Saturday evening at 4:53 p.m. local time. It was followed 11 minutes later by a quake measuring 6.3, according to media reports. About 40 aftershocks shook the area, forcing many residents to seek refuge outside.
Red Crescent and state officials told reporters they believe the quakes have affected about 1,000 people villages, destroying at least 20. Roughly 16,000 have sought emergency shelter in the area.
In 2003, an estimated 6.6-magnitude quake rocked the southeastern city of Bam, killing more 26,000 people.