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President Ahmadinejad Visits Iran’s Quake-Hit Areas

Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Friday paid a visit to the quake-hit areas in Northwestern Iran where two strong earthquakes killed over 300 people in East Azarbaijan province earlier this month.

An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale jolted Ahar in East Azerbaijan province at 16:00 hours local time (1130GMT) on August 11. The epicenter of the quake was located in an area 46.8 degrees in longitude and 38.4 degrees in latitude.

Almost an hour later another quake with magnitude 6 on the Richter scale jolted Varzaqan at 17:04 hours local time (1234GMT) in the same province. The epicenter of the quake was located in an area 46.7 degrees in longitude and 38.4 degrees in latitude.

During the visit, President Ahmadinejad received first hand information on aid shipment and distribution among the quake-torn citizens.

Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the visit, President Ahmadinejad said that government and all Iranian people share sympathy with people of East Azarbaijan.

He expressed the hope that the quake-stricken citizens would soon regain peace in light of quick shipment of aid services.

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