Iran: Quake Toll Has Hit 250
Rescuers work through the night to free people trapped in rubble
By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 12, 2012 8:29 AM CDT
Medics treat an injured man after an earthquake in the city of Varzaqan in northwestern Iran, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.   (Ali Hamed Haghdoust)
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(Newser) – The death toll from twin earthquakes that rattled Iran yesterday has hit 250, state media reported today, with more than 2,000 people injured and thousands more sleeping in the open after their homes were destroyed. More than 1,000 rescuers labored through the night to pull people trapped in the rubble, though search efforts were called off today, reports the AP. Iran sits on seismic fault lines and experiences an average of a quake a day. A 6.2 earthquake hit last night in China's far west.

 

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