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Scores Killed in Iran after Two Devastating Earthquakes

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An Iranian medic attends to an injured woman in the town of Ahar, approximately 60km east of Tabriz. Photo: Kamel Rouhi/AFP/Getty Images

Two substantial earthquakes struck northwest Iran on Saturday, killing 87 people and injuring hundreds. Thousands fled their homes as aftershocks continued to hit the area, Iranian state media said.

The U.S. Geological Survey measured Saturday's first quake at 6.4 magnitude 37 miles northeast of the city of Tabriz. A second quake measuring 6.3 struck 30 miles northeast of Tabriz 11 minutes later.

The quakes together destroyed six villages and injured about 600 people.

There have been at least 18 aftershocks since, Iranian media said.

210 people in towns Varzaghan and Ahar were so far rescued from building rubble.

Residents in the area have been warned to to stay outside as much as possible, as additional aftershocks are to be expected.

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