Tehran: At least 220 people were killed and more than 2,000 were injured when two earthquakes measuring 6.3 and 6.4 on the Richter scale hit the north-western Iranian province of East Azerbaijan.
It was around 4.53 pm when the earthquakes hit the towns of Ahar, Haris and Varzaqan in East Azerbaijan gobbling at least six villages with nothing remaining and around 60 others villages sustained damages that were around 80 percent.
As per reports, the epicenter of the quake was a region between Ahar and Haris, about 500 kilometers northwest of the capital, Tehran. At least nine aftershocks jolted the same area and were felt in a wide region near the Caspian Sea.
Authorities have asked the people in the quake region to stay outdoors and spend the night at parks and open spaces in anticipation of more aftershocks.
Iran which is located on seismic fault lines and is always prone to earthquakes with an average of one earthquake a day, but most of them go unnoticed as a lot of them are so small in terms of intensity that they go unnoticed.