Authorities say Tuesday’s powerful earthquake has killed at least 420 people in central Iran.
That toll is expected to rise. About 900 people have been injured, and tens of thousands are homeless after their villages were reduced to piles of dirt and stone. The early morning quake was measured at magnitude six-point-four.
By dusk, temperatures had fallen and rain turned to snow in parts of the mountains, where survivors huddled around fires. Some 15-hundred aid workers were on the scene, bringing tents and tarps. But the weather is apparently hampering efforts to find survivors, particularly in a few remote villages.
Earthquake damage has been limited, although the temblor was nearly as strong as the devastating 2003 Bam earthquake. Tuesday’s quake hit a more sparsely populated area and was centered far deeper.
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