The Iranians have estimated the magnitude of the quake at 6.3, and the casualties in it, at some 300 dead and 2,600 injured. Only one half of the dead have so far been identified.
Seismologists have issued warnings of possible aftershocks.
In a message to Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad on Sunday, his Russian colleague Vladimir Putin offered emergency help.
Russia is prepared to help Iran to overcome the consequences of a powerful earthquake, reads the telegram of condolences sent by Vladimir Putin to Iran’s President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad.
According to official data, 227 people died and 1,380 were injured on Saturday as a result of an earthquake with a magnitude of 6.4 points. The epicentre of the earthquake was 60km north of the city of Tabriz at the depth of 10km. The first shock was followed by about 50 more earth tremors.
The rescue operation in search of survivors has been completed, the country’s Interior Ministry has announced. Volunteers have started collecting tents, blankets and food for those who have suffered from the elements.