Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

Skip to comments.

Earthquake Strikes Iran, U.S. Says
AP ^ | Dec 25, 2003

Posted on 12/25/2003 8:04:56 PM PST by optimistically_conservative

3 minutes ago

WASHINGTON - An earthquake has struck southeastern Iran near the city of Bam, the U.S. Geological Survey (news - web sites) said Thursday.

There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties. The earthquake hit at 5:27 a.m. local time Friday — or 8:57 p.m. Thursday, Eastern Standard Time.

The USGS (news - web sites) reported a preliminary magnitude of 6.7, high enough to cause severe damage.

There have been similar earthquakes in this area that have caused damage, the USGS said.


TOPICS: Breaking News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: bam; earthquake; iran; iranquake
Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-125 next last

1 posted on 12/25/2003 8:04:57 PM PST by optimistically_conservative
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | View Replies]

Comment #2 Removed by Moderator

To: optimistically_conservative
Earthquakes strike killing good people of Iran, when will earthquake strike and kill off the Islamist, Facist Mullah pigs?
3 posted on 12/25/2003 8:08:16 PM PST by freedom44
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: optimistically_conservative
An earthquake has struck southeastern Iran...

...near the city of Bam!

4 posted on 12/25/2003 8:08:54 PM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Paul Atreides
It could have been worse. It might have hit the town of Rubble.
5 posted on 12/25/2003 8:11:53 PM PST by Dog Gone
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 4 | View Replies]

To: freedom44
when will earthquake strike and kill off the Islamist, Facist Mullah pigs?

Hey now! Tone that down; there are still a few good people left in Follywood. ;-)

6 posted on 12/25/2003 8:12:10 PM PST by Paul Atreides (Is it really so difficult to post the entire article?)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

To: optimistically_conservative
Earthquake Strikes Iran, U.S. Says

wow. I, for one, did not realize that we're that powerful. I wonder if we can convince them that it's a message from allah, telling them to give up the nuke program and that the mullahs should surrender immediately...

7 posted on 12/25/2003 8:16:09 PM PST by NYC GOP Chick (Kaddafi is such a whack job that he never promoted himself past Colonel!)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: optimistically_conservative

8 posted on 12/25/2003 8:18:28 PM PST by nuconvert
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: optimistically_conservative
"The earthquake hit at 5:27 a.m. local time Friday —"

For a few seconds some Iranian Mullahs thought the sum of all their fears had materialized at the hand of Israel.

Hopefully only they and their kind were injured.

9 posted on 12/25/2003 8:18:43 PM PST by No Blue States
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: optimistically_conservative
Magnitude 5.4 - SOUTHEASTERN IRAN
2003 December 26 03:06:16 UTC
Preliminary Earthquake Report
U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

A moderate earthquake occurred at 03:06:16 (UTC) on Friday, December 26, 2003. The magnitude 5.4 event has been located in SOUTHEASTERN IRAN. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)


Magnitude 5.4
Date-Time Friday, December 26, 2003 at 03:06:16 (UTC)
= Coordinated Universal Time
Friday, December 26, 2003 at 6:36:16 AM
= local time at epicenter

Location 28.861°N, 58.322°E
Depth 33 km (21 miles) set by location program
Region SOUTHEASTERN IRAN
Distances
200 km (125 miles) SE of Kerman, Iran
260 km (160 miles) WSW of Zahedan, Iran
265 km (165 miles) ESE of Sirjan, Iran
990 km (620 miles) SE of TEHRAN, Iran

Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 8.5 km (5.3 miles); depth fixed by location program
Parameters Nst= 39, Nph= 39, Dmin=>999 km, Rmss=0.75 sec, Gp= 79°,
M-type=body magnitude (Mb), Version=6
Source U.S. Geological Survey, National Earthquake Information Center
World Data Center for Seismology, Denver

Event ID uscvag


10 posted on 12/25/2003 8:24:52 PM PST by nuconvert
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nuconvert
Thanks for both the info and map! I would have no idea where to look for those. There have been a number of earthquakes reported lately. California and another one today Quake Shakes Panama-Costa Rica Border.
11 posted on 12/25/2003 8:28:13 PM PST by optimistically_conservative (Have no friends not equal to yourself. - Confucius)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 10 | View Replies]

To: optimistically_conservative
This says it was a 6.7... http://earthquake.usgs.gov/recenteqsww/Quakes/uscvad.htm
12 posted on 12/25/2003 8:31:16 PM PST by tubebender (Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

Comment #13 Removed by Moderator

To: optimistically_conservative
This is the third year in a row with below average large (magnitude 7+) earthquake activity.

This year it was REALLY low.
14 posted on 12/25/2003 8:40:15 PM PST by John H K
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 11 | View Replies]

5.7 Quake hit Bam on 8/21/03
15 posted on 12/25/2003 8:44:37 PM PST by Consort
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 13 | View Replies]

To: tubebender
I believe there were 2 earthquakes.
16 posted on 12/25/2003 9:02:45 PM PST by nuconvert
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 12 | View Replies]

To: optimistically_conservative
2 quakes
8:56 and 10:06PM EST (6.7 and 5.4 respectively)
17 posted on 12/25/2003 9:08:01 PM PST by nuconvert
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: optimistically_conservative
It is the will of Allah! Mekhtoub!
18 posted on 12/25/2003 9:16:16 PM PST by sheik yerbouty
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: John H K
It has been 11 years since since Humboldt County has had a 6 or better quake. In 1992 we had a 6.5 6.8 and a 7.1 in less than 24 hours. Now that will "shake" your confidence.

As a side note we have only had 2 minor quakes in over 3 weeks and that really has me shaking as we need those small ones to relieve the stress. I called Prof Lori Dengler at HSU just before the SLO quake about it but she is more concerned about the lack of big ones.

19 posted on 12/25/2003 9:23:31 PM PST by tubebender (Don't believe anything you hear and only half of what you see...)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 14 | View Replies]

To: optimistically_conservative
Any chance this could have been an underground nuke test?
20 posted on 12/25/2003 9:28:08 PM PST by Grig
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Grig
This e quake occured on a newly discoverd fault they discoverd it onjan 20 2001

I believe it was g.w.fault
21 posted on 12/25/2003 9:34:49 PM PST by al baby (Ice cream does not have bones)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Grig
I think it's always a possibility, unless we hear otherwise. But Iran does have a lot of quakes.
22 posted on 12/25/2003 9:35:26 PM PST by nuconvert
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Grig
Now, that is, and we don't know if it is true, a most interesting theory.
23 posted on 12/25/2003 9:41:37 PM PST by optimistically_conservative (Nothing is as expensive as a free government service or subsidized benefit.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

Comment #24 Removed by Moderator

Comment #25 Removed by Moderator

To: freedom44
Can you find out how populated that area is freedom?
26 posted on 12/25/2003 10:02:33 PM PST by McGavin999
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 3 | View Replies]

Comment #27 Removed by Moderator

To: Grig
No.

A Nuke test would be much, much smaller.

It's a quite seismically active area.

Sometimes and earthquake is just an earthquake.
28 posted on 12/25/2003 10:12:18 PM PST by John H K
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Grig

Iranian people lit candles after 9/11 only to be ruthlessly attacked by the regime, one died that night. The only show of sympathy towards the US in the Mid-east.

That takes more than guts, it takes balls of steel. Iranians gave their lives to show sympathy that night. while some keep giving credibility to Iran's regime.

We should separate innocent Iranian lives from the Terrorist regime.
29 posted on 12/25/2003 10:12:25 PM PST by freedom44
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: Grig
Any chance this could have been an underground nuke test?

No. Large man-made explosions of all types (nuclear, non-nuclear, etc) have a distinctive signature that is quite a bit different than earthquakes. To a seismologist, a nuke looks nothing like a normal earthquake.

30 posted on 12/25/2003 10:12:28 PM PST by tortoise (All these moments lost in time, like tears in the rain.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 20 | View Replies]

To: seamole; freedom44
Thanks for the update ... prayers for the souls in Bam.

Prayers also for the brave Iranians trying to put the 1970's genie back in the bottle.
31 posted on 12/25/2003 10:38:26 PM PST by optimistically_conservative (Nothing is as expensive as a free government service or subsidized benefit.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 25 | View Replies]

To: optimistically_conservative
The fist of the one true God.
32 posted on 12/25/2003 11:58:32 PM PST by Indie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: Indie
..on the Mullahs, not the people. Prayers for them....
33 posted on 12/26/2003 12:00:52 AM PST by Indie
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 32 | View Replies]

To: optimistically_conservative
Pictures of the completely destroyed 2000 year old destroyed buildings: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/news/1046743/posts?page=5#5
34 posted on 12/26/2003 12:45:40 AM PST by AdmSmith
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: nuconvert
Any reports of Dubai being affected?
35 posted on 12/26/2003 1:23:53 AM PST by GOPJ
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 8 | View Replies]

To: optimistically_conservative
They said the death toll could reach 10,000
36 posted on 12/26/2003 2:19:55 AM PST by JustPiper (My goal in life is to survive. Everything else is just a bonus)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: sheik yerbouty
God does work in 'mysterious' ways
37 posted on 12/26/2003 2:21:15 AM PST by JustPiper (My goal in life is to survive. Everything else is just a bonus)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 18 | View Replies]

To: GOPJ
Any reports of Dubai being affected?

Glad your brought this up J

38 posted on 12/26/2003 2:24:17 AM PST by JustPiper (My goal in life is to survive. Everything else is just a bonus)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 35 | View Replies]

Comment #39 Removed by Moderator

To: the invisib1e hand
What you said smells like those things Fascists say...
Watch#29 Please~~~!
40 posted on 12/26/2003 2:47:50 AM PST by F14 Pilot (A wise man changes his mind, a fool never does.)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 2 | View Replies]

To: optimistically_conservative
Iranian Quake Deaths Could Reach 10,000
15 minutes ago

By ALI AKBAR DAREINI, Associated Press Writer

TEHRAN, Iran - A severe earthquake devastated the historic city of Bam in southeast Iran on Friday, and a preliminary estimate said the death toll could reach 10,000.

Hasan Khoshrou, a legislator for Kerman province where the quake occurred, said there was still no precise number of dead from the magnitude 6.7 quake, but officials working in Bam had given him that figure.

"The quake hit the city when most of the people were in bed, raising fears that the death toll may go higher," he said.

Officials surveying the city of 80,000 people from helicopter said about 60 percent of the city's houses were destroyed, Khoshrou said. Water, power and phone lines were cut. The earthquake struck at about 5:30 a.m.

The U.S. Geological Survey (news - web sites) reported the quake's magnitude was 6.7, capable of causing severe damage. It reported an aftershock of magnitude 5.4 about two hours later.

Authorities in Bam, 630 miles southeast of the capital Tehran, put out a call for blood donations.

"Many people have died," Kerman province Gov. Mohammad Ali Karimi told state media. "Many people are buried under the rubble."

Relief teams set up their headquarters in a public square in Bam because their offices in the governor's building had been ruined, Karimi told state radio.

Karimi said worried relatives from surrounding areas were heading to Bam and causing massive traffic jams that were slowing rescue efforts. He urged them to stay home and wait until phone service was restored to try to find relatives.

Reports said the earthquake destroyed Bam's medieval fortress, a massive, 2,000-year-old structure that sits on a cliff near the city and attracts thousands of tourists each year. The fortress includes scores of ancient mud huts.

"The historic quarter of the city has been completely destroyed and caused great human loss," said Mehran Nourbakhsh, chief spokesman for Iran's Red Crescent, the Islamic equivalent of the Red Cross.

Authorities have sent numerous rescue workers with helicopters to the area, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

"We are doing everything we can to rescue the injured and unearth the dead," television quoted Karimi as saying.

Russian President Vladimir Putin (news - web sites) expressed his condolences over the earthquake.

In a telegram to Iranian President Mohamed Khatami, Putin said he was "deeply shocked by an earthquake in Iran that brought numerous victims and destruction" and offered his "sincere condolences to the leadership and people of Iran."

Russian Emergency Situations Ministry spokeswoman Marina Ryklina said that two Il-76 transport aircraft with rescue workers and equipment were to leave for Iran later Friday.

Hardly any buildings in Iran are built to withstand earthquakes, although the country sits on several major faultlines and temblors are frequent. An earthquake of magnitude 7.3 to 7.7 killed 50,000 people on June 21, 1990, and most recently, a magnitude 6 quake in June, 2002 killed 500 people.

Also Friday, a magnitude 4 quake rocked the west Iranian town of Masjid Soleiman at 8:10 a.m., but no casualties were immediately reported, state television said. Masjid Soleiman is about 600 miles northwest of Bam.
41 posted on 12/26/2003 2:56:38 AM PST by leadpenny
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: leadpenny
Yup--CNN just reported the 10,000+ figure could be true.

Horrible, but it is an act of God (even in insurance jargon).

My sympathy is somewhat muted by an experience I had several years ago. I was part of a crew that flew earthquake relief supplies into Iran. The Iranians would not accept "direct US Government assistance" so the blankets, medical supplies, etc were all private donations.

After landing, the Iranians were very cold and bitter to us druing the off load of the cargo. After we got airborne and returned to Europe, we learned that the Iranians complained on the air to ABC and CNN that the supplies were "used and of low quality."

42 posted on 12/26/2003 3:36:33 AM PST by SkyPilot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 41 | View Replies]

To: SkyPilot
Tell the Mullahs that if they can afford a nuclear weapons program, they can afford to take care of their own people.

I sympathize with the ordinary people whose lives are devastated by an earthquake, but we simply cannot aid that regime at all. Except perhaps to send them Jimmy Carter to build houses.....

43 posted on 12/26/2003 4:13:41 AM PST by CatoRenasci (Ceterum Censeo [Gallia][Germania][Arabia] Esse Delendam --- Select One or More as needed)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: SkyPilot
Weren't there also claims during the Iran-Contra affair that we sluffed-off outdated missiles and other equipment to them? Maybe they're feeling "once burnt - twice shy?"

Did you ever take in the US "Go" rescue teams?
44 posted on 12/26/2003 4:18:23 AM PST by leadpenny
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]

To: optimistically_conservative
I can't find any joy in this tragedy since the people of Iran are seeking freedom just as much as the people of Iraq whom we recently liberated. God help them.
45 posted on 12/26/2003 4:27:19 AM PST by LoudRepublicangirl (loudrepublicangirl)
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: leadpenny
No lead--never took them in. We did take in Non-Government Orgs (the NGOs). Very, very tricky bunch. Most are hostile to the US, but want assistance in the form of transportation (and military protection--should that need arise).
46 posted on 12/26/2003 4:27:32 AM PST by SkyPilot
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 44 | View Replies]

To: optimistically_conservative
Earthquake Strikes Iran, U.S. Says

Wow, how did the CIA manage that? ;-)

47 posted on 12/26/2003 4:32:05 AM PST by varon
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SkyPilot
Interesting, thanks. I have a friend who works for Americares and my daughter-in law and her mother run an NGO called "Help the Afghan Children."
48 posted on 12/26/2003 4:40:39 AM PST by leadpenny
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 46 | View Replies]

To: optimistically_conservative
CNN is reporting possibly 20,000 dead or more.

49 posted on 12/26/2003 4:44:40 AM PST by DB ()
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 1 | View Replies]

To: SkyPilot
CNN's reporting possibly 20,000 or more now.
50 posted on 12/26/2003 4:46:42 AM PST by DB ()
[ Post Reply | Private Reply | To 42 | View Replies]


Navigation: use the links below to view more comments.
first 1-5051-100101-125 next last

Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.

Free Republic
Browse · Search
News/Activism
Topics · Post Article

FreeRepublic, LLC, PO BOX 9771, FRESNO, CA 93794
FreeRepublic.com is powered by software copyright 2000-2008 John Robinson