Twin earthquakes hit northwest Iran near the Azerbaijan border, injuring thousands and killing over 300. Simple mud brick homes in the sparsely populated region collapsed quickly in the quakes, the larger of which measured 6.4 on the Richter Scale. Iran sits on several active fault lines and experiences earthquakes regularly. With western media hindered by restrictions in Iran, many of the images presented here are by Iranian news services, including the Iranian Students' News Agency. Images are presented as transmitted to Reuters and GettyImages. [21 photos total]
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Residents and rescue workers search for the survivors in the rubble of a house near Varzaqan, after twin earthquakes hit northwestern Iran on August 11, 2012.
Residents rescue a woman in the rubble of a house in Sourmah village, near Varzaqan, after twin earthquakes hit northwestern Iran on August 11, 2012. The woman had pulse when rescued and taken to an ambulance.
Earthquake victims walk past rubble and demolished houses in this undated handout photo taken in an undisclosed location 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/Mehr News/AFP/GettyImages)
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