news.yahoo.com/two-quakes-iran-kill-180-injure-1-500-013750093.html "The U.S. Geological Survey measured Saturday's first quake at 6.4 magnitude and said it struck 60 km (37 miles) northeast of the city of Tabriz, a trading hub far from Iran's oil-producing areas and known nuclear facilities. The second, measuring 6.3, struck 11 minutes later near Varzaghan, 49 km (30 miles) northeast of Tabriz. More than 1,000 villages in the area were affected by the earthquakes, Ahmad Reza Shaji'i, a Red Crescent official, told the Iranian Students' News Agency (ISNA). About 130 villages suffered more than 70 percent damage, and 20 villages were completely destroyed, he said."
We have been on tenterhooks since the news broke yesterday ay, as my son's girlfriend is a British Iranian . Her father , brother and step mum are all in Iran visiting family some of which live in the NE
Finally her Dad got a message through today to say they are safe and in the south. However they still do not know about the family members in the NE
Hope you get more good news soon, Lugg. One of my brothers, one of my sisters, & my niece were all in San Francisco for the October '89 quake. The hours trying to get through for news were nerve-wracking.
And yes, on one hand there is psychological benefit to having a country's leader there wringing his or hands along with the people over a calamity. However, I always wonder about the resources involved in bringing that leader to the disaster site: planes, helicopters, transportation & lodging for the honcho, staff, & security, plus all the reporters and news vans. That would translate into a great deal of practical aid if deployed differently.