Photos by Farshid Tighehsaz, ISNA
People in the city of Tabriz in northwestern Iran sought refuge in the streets after two strong quakes hit the region. According to Tehran University's Seismological Center, the first earthquake had a magnitude of 6.2 with its epicenter some 60 kilometers from Tabriz. That was followed by a second earthquake with a magnitude of 6.0.
Related Report: Quake Hits Northwestern Iran
TEHRAN (Fars News Agency)- An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale jolted the county of Ahar in the East Azerbaijan province, Northwestern Iran, on Saturday.
The epicenter of the quake was located in an area 46.8 degrees in longitude and 38.4 degrees in latitude.
There is still no official report on the number of possible casualties or damage to properties by the quake.
Iran sits astride several major faults in the earth's crust, and is prone to frequent earthquakes, many of which have been devastating.
The worst in recent times hit Bam in southeastern Kerman province in December 2003, killing 31,000 people - about a quarter of its population - and destroying the city's ancient mud-built citadel.
The deadliest quake in the country was in June 1990 and measured 7.7 on the Richter scale. About 37,000 people were killed and more than 100,000 injured in the northwestern provinces of Gilan and Zanjan. It devastated 27 towns and about 1,870 villages.
Tehran alone sits on two major fault lines, and the capital's 14 million residents fear a major quake.
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