Top Official: Many Killed, Injured in Iran Quake
Dec. 26 TEHRAN (Reuters)
An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale struck southeastern Iran Friday, killing and injuring many people in the city of Bam, a senior Iranian official said.
"There is a lot of dead and injured in Bam city and all the cooperation has been done to take them out," Mohammad Ali Karimi, governor of Kerman province, told state media.
"There was a lot of damage in the city," he said.
State radio said a lot of people were "buried" under debris in Bam.
The official IRNA news agency said Red Crescent rescue teams had been dispatched to the quake-hit area in Kerman province.
Quakes are a regular occurrence in Iran, which is crossed by several major fault lines in the earth's structure.
In June last year, a tremor measuring 6.3 on the open-ended Richter scale hit northern Iran, killing at least 229 people and injuring more than 1,000.
Some 35,000 people were killed in 1990 when earthquakes of up to 7.7 on the Richter scale hit the northwest of Iran. Tehran was hit by a quake of about seven on the Richter scale in 1830.
The U.S. Geological Survey's National Earthquake Information Center said its measuring equipment indicated Friday's quake had a magnitude of 6.7.
It said the epicenter of the "strong earthquake" appeared to be about 610 miles southeast of Iran's capital Tehran. http://abcnews.go.com/wire/US/reuters20031226_35.html
posted on 12/26/2003 12:15:46 AM PST
(Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
Doc, I suspect that the Mullahs are doing under-ground Nuke tests... Can it be true?
We have been reading/watching many Earthquakes since a while ago, I mean in the year 2003.
What did our Satellite show? Any explosions under the ground?
I am not sure if these recent earthquakes were natural.
posted on 12/26/2003 2:06:56 AM PST
by F14 Pilot
(A wise man changes his mind, a fool never does.)
The dead and wounded are probably more than 20,000!
Hopefully C-130 from USAF will be allowed to assist the victims.
posted on 12/26/2003 4:14:01 AM PST
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