08/11/2012 07:08 EDT | Updated 10/11/2012 05:12 EDT

Vancouver Iranian Community Reeling After Iran Earthquake

Victims lie injured at the courtyard of a hospital after an earthquake in the city of Ahar in northwestern Iran, on Saturday, Aug. 11, 2012. A 6.2-magnitude earthquake hit the towns of Ahar, Haris and Varzaqan in East Azerbaijan province in northwestern Iran on Saturday, state TV said. Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes. It experiences at least one earthquake every day on average, although the vast majority are so small they go unnoticed. (AP Photo/Fars News Agency, Kamel Rouhi)
People in Metro Vancouver's Iranian community are scrambling to connect with family and friends back home.

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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