Series of major earthquakes
in northwestern Iran reportedly
leaves dozens dead
Northwestern Iran was struck Saturday by a series of major earthquakes,
the strongest registering magnitude 6.4, as local media reported dozens
of people dead and hundreds hurt. - The U.S. Geological Survey had
no immediate word on fatalities and damage, but logged the magnitude
6.4 quake and a 6.3 quake midday. There were numerous aftershocks
registering as high as magnitude 5.0
Iranian state TV said at least 87 people were dead and 400 injured,
with hundreds of homes damaged. The quake hit near the town
of Ahar in East Azerbaijan province.
The broadcast said at least 60 villages sustained damage ranging
from 50 to 80 percent, while 4 other villages had been totally
leveled to the ground.