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Iranians pick up pieces following devastating earthquakes

Officials in Iran called a halt to rescue operations following twin quakes that devastated scores of villages, killing 250 people and injuring hundreds, saying all survivors had been located and saved

Iranians pick up pieces following devastating earthquakes
Iranian residents and rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a house in the village Baje-Baj, near the town of Varzaqan, on August 12, 2012, after twin earthquakes hit northwestern Iran on August 11. Iran wrapped up rescue operations in hundreds of villages flattened by twin earthquakes the day before in its northwest, as officials gave a new toll of 227 dead and 1,380 injured in the disaster. (AFP/Getty Images)
Iranians pick up pieces following devastating earthquakes
Iranian residents and rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a house in the village Baje-Baj, near the town of Varzaqan, on August 12, 2012, after twin earthquakes hit northwestern Iran on August 11. Iran wrapped up rescue operations in hundreds of villages flattened by twin earthquakes the day before in its northwest, as officials gave a new toll of 227 dead and 1,380 injured in the disaster. (AFP/Getty Images)
Iranians pick up pieces following devastating earthquakes
Iranian residents walk amongst the rubble of destroyed houses in the village of Amir-Ali Kandi, near the town of Varzaqan, on August 12, 2012, after twin earthquakes hit northwestern Iran on August 11. Iran wrapped up rescue operations in hundreds of villages flattened by twin earthquakes the day before in its northwest, as officials gave a new toll of 227 dead and 1,380 injured in the disaster. (AFP/Getty Images)
Iranians pick up pieces following devastating earthquakes
Iranian residents and rescue workers search for survivors in the rubble of a house in the village Baje-Baj, near the town of Varzaqan, on August 12, 2012, after twin earthquakes hit northwestern Iran on August 11. Iran wrapped up rescue operations in hundreds of villages flattened by twin earthquakes the day before in its northwest, as officials gave a new toll of 227 dead and 1,380 injured in the disaster. (AFP/Getty Images)
Iranians pick up pieces following devastating earthquakes
An Iranian resident from the village of Baje-Baj, near the town of Varzaqan, stands on top of the rubble of his destroyed home on August 12, 2012, as rescue workers search for survivors, after twin earthquakes hit northwestern Iran on August 11. Iran wrapped up rescue operations in hundreds of villages flattened by twin earthquakes the day before in its northwest, as officials gave a new toll of 227 dead and 1,380 injured in the disaster. (AFP/Getty Images)
Iranians pick up pieces following devastating earthquakes
An Iranian man and woman stand on top of the rubble of their destroyed house in the village of Baje-Baj, near the town of Varzaqan, on August 12, 2012, after twin earthquakes hit northwestern Iran on August 11. Officials in Iran called a halt to rescue operations following twin quakes that devastated scores of villages, killing 250 people and injuring hundreds, saying all survivors had been located and saved. (AFP/Getty Images)