Scores Perish in Iran Tabriz EarthquakeEnvironment | August 11, 2012, Saturday // 19:09| views
Between 40 and 50 people are initially reported to have died, after two strong earthquakes hit the major Iranian city of Tabriz Saturday afternoon.
The two tremors are estimated to be of 6.0 and 6.2 degree on the Richter scale, with an epicenter 60 km off Tabriz (pop. 1.5 M) in north-eastern Iran.
The earthquake caused an interruption in mobile and cable telecommunications, as well as electricity, which has hindered quick reporting from the area.
The tremors caused massive panic among Tabriz residents, who started to flee their homes.
Iranian authorities have stated that some 400 people are estimated to have been injured during the earthquake.
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