12 August 2012
Last updated at 10:59
Two quakes struck within 11 minutes of each other on Saturday near the towns of Tabriz and Ahar in the early evening. Officials say more than 100 villages suffered extensive damage, including the village of Ishikhli, above.
Frantic efforts have been under way to try to rescue survivors.
At least 250 people have died and 2,00 have been injured.
This woman was among the casualties in the town of Varzaqan, and there were many hundreds more in Ahar and Haris towns in East Azerbaijan province.
Rescue workers worked through the night in difficult conditions. Phone communications in the region had been cut off, making it hard to contact affected areas.
The two quakes measured 6.4 and 6.3 magnitude, according to the US Geological Survey - only slightly less powerful than the 6.6 magnitude quake which pulverised the south-eastern city of Bam in 2003, killing more than 25,000.
There were no reported deaths in the region's cities, but the quakes and dozens of aftershocks which followed sent panicked residents out of their homes into the streets.
Links to the affected region near the city of Tabriz have been cut, making it difficult for the authorities to determine the scale of injuries and damage.
Medics and aid agencies sprang into action to help. Iran is crossed by several major fault lines and is one of the world's most seismically active countries.
But injured victims of the quakes still overwhelmed available services, with many forced to be treated on the grass outside this hospital in Ahar.
By Sunday, officials said all those trapped alive under rubble had been rescued - the focus has moved to burying to dead and to getting aid to the thousands of survivors left homeless.