Iran Earthquake Leaves 180 Dead

    Bodies of victims of an earthquake lie in the city of Ahar 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. (AP Photo/IRNA, Kazem Yousefi)

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    A magnitude-6.4 earthquake struck Iran Saturday, killing more than 180 people and leaving at least 1,300 near the city of Tabriz injured. Rescue efforts have been hindered by dead phone lines, according to reports. “The quake has created huge panic among the people,” one Tabriz resident told the BBC. Iranian officials say at least four villages have been completely destroyed, and that the death toll is likely to rise as the search for survivors continues.

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