At least 180 people are dead and thousands others injured after two powerful earthquakes struck northwestern Iran on Saturday.
Communication with much of the area has been cut off, making it impossible for officials to estimate the total damage.
Ebby Mohseni, who works with Vancouver Persian Radio, phoned relatives as soon as he found out.
"I called the people that I knew, the people that I know they are in the capital city of Tehran, and they're okay. They didn't feel anything in Tehran," he said.
Mohseni says Vancouver’s Iranian community is already starting to look for ways to help those affected.
"Probably there are some organizations that are going to start to ... get some charity, get some help for them, for the people."
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