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Two powerful earthquakes killed 220 people and injured around 1,500 in northwest Iran

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Earthquake victims walk past rubble and demolished houses in this undated handout photo taken in an undisclosed location in northwest Iran. Two powerful earthquakes killed 250 people and injured around 1,800 in northwest Iran, where rescue workers frantically combed the rubble of dozens of villages throughout the night and into Sunday as medical staff desperately tried to save lives.

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Rescue teams search for victims in the earthquake-stricken village of Varzaghan in East Azarbaijan August 11, 2012. Two powerful earthquakes killed 250 people and injured around 1,800 in northwest Iran, where rescue workers frantically combed the rubble of dozens of villages throughout the night and into Sunday as medical staff desperately tried to save lives.

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Earthquake victims sit near damaged houses in this undated handout photo taken in an undisclosed location in northwest Iran. Two powerful earthquakes killed 250 people and injured around 1,800 in northwest Iran, where rescue workers frantically combed the rubble of dozens of villages throughout the night and into Sunday as medical staff desperately tried to save lives.

Hamed Nazari/REUTERS

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Damaged houses are seen in this undated handout photo taken in an undisclosed location in northwest Iran. Two powerful earthquakes killed 250 people and injured around 1,800 in northwest Iran, where rescue workers frantically combed the rubble of dozens of villages throughout the night and into Sunday as medical staff desperately tried to save lives.

Hamed Nazari/REUTERS

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Rescue teams search for victims in the earthquake-stricken village of Varzaghan in East Azarbaijan August 11, 2012. Two powerful earthquakes killed 250 people and injured around 1,800 in northwest Iran, where rescue workers frantically combed the rubble of dozens of villages throughout the night and into Sunday as medical staff desperately tried to save lives.

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An injured person is taken to hospital in Ahar August 11, 2012. Two strong earthquakes struck northwest Iran on Saturday, killing 153 people and injuring more than 1,300 as buildings were reduced to rubble, Iranian officials said.

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A woman talks as she tends her injured loved one after an earthquake in the city of Varzaqan in northwestern Iran, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit the towns of Ahar, Haris and Varzaqan in East Azerbaijan province in northwestern Iran on Saturday, state TV said. Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes. It experiences at least one earthquake every day on average, although the vast majority are so small they go unnoticed.

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An injured person is taken to hospital in Ahar August 11, 2012.

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Medics treat an injured man after an earthquake in the city of Varzaqan in northwestern Iran, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.

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Bodies of victims of an earthquake lie in the city of Varzaqan in northwestern Iran, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.

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Victims of an earthquake sit over the bodies of their loved ones who were killed in the city of Varzaqan in northwestern Iran, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.

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Victims lie injured at the courtyard of a hospital after an earthquake in the city of Ahar in northwestern Iran, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.

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Victims lie injured at the courtyard of a hospital after an earthquake in the city of Ahar in northwestern Iran, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.

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A woman lies injured on a stretcher in a street after an earthquake in the city of Varzaqan in northwestern Iran, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.

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Ruins of a house is seen after an earthquake in the city of Varzaqan in northwestern Iran, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.

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Medics tend a woman who was injured in an earthquake in the city of Varzaqan in northwestern Iran, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012.

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Drips are seen as the wounded are taken to hospital in Ahar August 11, 2012.

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An injured person waits to be taken to hospital in Ahar August 11, 2012.

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