The White House has offered U.S. condolences to Iran over the earthquake that killed at least 37 people and injured some 850 others in southern Iran and indicated that Washington is ready to "help the Iranian people in this time of need."
A middle school completely destroyed by the quake
Following is the text of the press release issues by the National Security Council spokeswoman Caitlin Hayden:
April 10, 2013
The White House
Office of the Press Secretary
Statement by NSC Spokesperson Caitlin Hayden on Earthquake in Southern Iran
The American people extend condolences to the people of Iran for the devastation that resulted from the recent earthquake and aftershocks in southern Iran, particularly to those whose loved ones were injured or lost their lives. We are deeply saddened by the loss of life and the destruction that's been caused by this disaster, and stand ready to help the Iranian people in this time of need.
An injured woman being attended to in the hospital
An earthquake measuring 6.1 on the Richter scale on Tuesday struck near the Persian Gulf port city of Bushehr, home to Iran's only nuclear power plant.
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