Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines that cover at least 90% of the country. As a result, earthquakes in Iran occur often and are destructive.
Twin earthquakes hit northwest Iran near the Azerbaijan border, injuring thousands and killing over 300. Simple mudbrick homes in the sparsely populated region collapsed quicklyin the quakes, the larger of which measured 6.4 on the Richter Scale. Iran sits on several active fault lines and experiences earthquakes regularly. 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 manyresidents to seek refuge outside. The quakes hit the towns ofAhar, Haris and Varzaqan in East Azerbaijan province. At least 12 villages were totally leveled, and 425 others sustained damage ranging from 50 to 80 percent.
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