Turkey and the UAE offer their help Iran earthquake victims

Sunday, August 12 2012 @ 05:08 am UTC

Turkey and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) today offered aid to Iran to aid victims of the two strong earthquakes of 6.2 and 6 on the Richter scale that struck northwestern country yesterday , Iranian state television reported in English, Press TV. Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu in a telephone conversation with his Iranian counterpart, Ali Akbar Salehi, expressed his condolences for the 250 people killed and indicated they were willing to send aid to the affected area, in the Iranian province of East Azerbaijan, near the border with Turkey.
Iran was the only country that Turkey asked for help in October last year after the earthquake registered 7.2 on the Richter scale in the province of Van, bordering Iran's territory, which killed 604 people according to final data from the authorities in Ankara.
Many of those injured in the earthquake were attended by Iranian rescue teams and taken to hospitals on the Iranian side of the border.
Senior officials from the UAE also said the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Iran expressed its solidarity and readiness to send humanitarian aid needed for earthquake victims.
The deceased confirmed yesterday earthquakes in northeastern Iran are already 250 and injured over 2,000, Jalil said today Sai, Director of Emergency Management Eastern Azerbaijan province.
According to the Seismology Center of Iran, the first of the earthquakes occurred at 12.23 GMT and was felt strongly in the city of Ahar, and the second 11 minutes later at 12.34 GMT, shook Varzagan population, both in East Azerbaijan province, about 38.4 degrees north latitude and 46.7 degrees east longitude.
The U.S. Geological Survey raised the magnitude of the first of two major earthquake to 6.4 on the Richter scale and the second 6.3 magnitude.
Most of the territory of Iran, including Tehran, the capital, a city of 14 million inhabitants, is located in an area of ​​constant earthquakes that have caused tens of thousands dead in recent decades.

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