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Iran Earthquake 2012

Earthquake survivors stand near damaged houses in north-west Iran. (REUTERS/Hamed Nazari/Mehr News Agency, Iran).

A series of earthquakes on 11 August in north-west Iran left more than 300 dead and tens of thousands without homes.

Relief and rescue workers from the Red Crescent Society of Islamic Republic of Iran were sent immediately, rescuing people trapped under the rubble and transferring the injured to heath care facilities.

More than 1380 people were injured. More than 73,000 people have been assisted by Red Crescent with emergency shelter.

Houses, other buildings and vital infrastructure like water and sewage systems have been damaged in four cities and at least 353 villages across the region.

Two quakes measuring above magnitude 6 occurred within a few minutes of each other. There have been hundreds of aftershocks further rattling the devastated area. The epicentre of the earthquake was near Orang village, Ahar town in East Azerbaijan Province.

Thousands of people have received relief supplies from Red Crescent, including more than 275,000 food packages, 3800 kitchen sets and stoves, 28,000 blankets and more than 110,000 bottles of safe water. These basic essential items are crucial at this stage of the relief operation.

Relief supplies and support has been provided by 92 teams from 14 provincial Red Crescent branches. The teams supported people in the devastated villages with the assistance of three helicopters, 71 ambulance crews and 40 additional relief vehicles.

Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran says that more than 1080 staff and volunteers have been supporting the relief effort in areas devastated by the earthquake.

While no international assistance has been requested, Turkish Red Crescent Society says it is on standby to provide help as needed.

Australian Red Cross is also on standby to support Red Crescent Society of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

Earthquake survivors walk past rubble and demolished houses in north-west Iran. (REUTERS/Hamed Nazari/Mehr News Agency, Iran).

Rubble recycled


Haiti is being transformed as rubble is recycled into building materials. Watch video.