Earthquakes of 6.4 and 6.3 quakes struck near Tabriz and Ahar which is in East Azerbaijan.
Iranian authorities believe that all those who were buried under rubble have now been rescued. Hopefully they will be right. People are sometimes pulled out from earthquake debris days after the event. The deaths so far have been in rural areas. Had the quakes affected cities and the urban areas probably the death toll would have been higher.
Officials in Iran claim that they will be able to cope with the rescue effort and humanitarian crisis which is sure to follow. Iran is currently "out of the loop" as far as many countries go. With sanctions in place Iran has few "friends" on the world stage. The Red Crescent has provided tents, food and blood supplies.
The increasing death toll is thought to be due to the speed the quakes occurred and the time of day. The second quake followed the first within minutes. Many people were killed as they were indoors preparing the evening meal, as it is Ramadan.
Iranian authorities are trying to get to grips with the aftermath of the quakes quickly. Winter is on its way and the conditions in the area will be harsh. Rebuilding homes is going to be a priority.
Iran and its people are no strangers to earthquakes. That will not make it any easier though.