The strongest earthquake in 50 years struck south east Iran as Socialist Worker went to press.
Homes and buildings were flattened by the force of the 7.8 magnitude quake near the border with Pakistan. Hundreds of people may have been killed.
This came only a week after another earthquake near Bushehr (pictured) on Iran’s Persian Gulf coast left at least 37 people dead.
Rescuers said reaching the remote villages at the epicentre of the quake was difficult. The tremors were felt hundreds of miles away.
Buildings were evacuated as they swayed in India’s capital, New Delhi, 1,500 miles away and in the Gulf states where some of the world’s tallest skyscrapers are.
However previous natural disasters have shown that they do not affect people equally.
It is the poorest who live and work in the most unstable and vulnerable buildings who are most likely to be the victims.
US sanctions on Iran have been accused of hampering rescue efforts and medical aid to help the victims.