At least 153 people were killed and at least 600 were injured in two powerful earthquake in northwestern Iran, reported in the late evening on Saturday, Iranian state television.
Several hours earlier, the head of the local center for natural disasters SAIE Khalil told the state television that killed 80 people.
Earlier, a local official, Gholamreza Masoumi told state news agency ISNA that 400 wounded were transported in Tabriz and Ardebil.
Terrified residents fled their homes after the earthquake, measuring 6.4, and 6.5 degrees on the Richter scale, according to a statement of the American Geological Institute.
Regional Governor Ahmad Alireza Beigi told the state television that the city of Tabriz escaped major damage, but he is concerned for the surrounding villages.
60 villages destroyed
"Sixty-made village is a great pity, and they need help," said the legislator from the city Ahara Abbas Falla, transmitted poluzvanična agency Mehr.
According to the Seismological Center of the University of Tehran, the first earthquake was recorded at 4:53 pm local time, with the epicenter 60 kilometers from Tabriz, near Ahara, at a depth of 10 kilometers.
The second earthquake occurred 11 minutes later near the same place. This was followed by another 11 earthquakes measuring up to 4.7 degrees Celsius.
Iran is situated on unstable soils in the land of earthquakes are common.
The deadliest earthquake occurred in December 2003. Bamu in the south of the country, killing 31,000 people, a quarter of the population of the city.