Iran: Earthquake - Information Bulletin n° 5



This bulletin is being issued for information only, and reflects the current situation and details available at this time. The Red Crescent Society of Islamic Republic of Iran (IRCS), has determined that external assistance is not required at this moment, and is therefore not seeking funding or other assistance from donors and the International Movement of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies at this time.

Two earthquakes measuring 6.2 and 6 on the Richter scale shook north-western Iran, East Azerbaijan province on 11 August 2012. As per Tehran University’s Seismological Centre, The epicentre of the first earthquake was Owrang village located in Ahar city and epicentre of the second one was between Ali Abad and Zang Abad villages in Varzaghan city.

· Number of aftershocks: 1365 between 5.3 and 2.5 M (based on International Institute for Seismology)

· Number of cities affected: 5 (Varzaghan, Haris, Ahar, Tabri, caliber)

· Number of villages affected: 399

· Damage percentage:

356 villages between 30- 100%

46 villages 100%

· Number of the destroyed houses above 60%: 11,908

· Death toll: 306 persons

· Number of the supportive provinces: 15