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Strong quake hits south Iran
Reuters via Yahoo! ^ | Saturday, March 25, 2006 | Reuters

Posted on 03/25/2006 4:06:29 AM PST by Momaw Nadon

TEHRAN (Reuters) - An earthquake of magnitude 6.0 and a series of aftershocks struck the southern Iranian province of Hormuzgan on Saturday, causing minor damage, officials said.

There were no immediate reports of casualties.

"The earthquake, with a magnitude of 6.0, was centered near the rural area of Fin in Hormuzgan province," Farhad Jabari, head of Hormuzgan's Red Crescent rescue service told Reuters.

Before leaving for the quake-hit area, Jabari said by telephone he did not think the first quake at 10.58 a.m. (0728 GMT) had done much damage but feared a third aftershock at about 1.30 p.m. (1000 GMT) gave more grounds for concern.

The official IRNA news agency said two early aftershocks had measured 3.8 and 4.8. Jabari said the third aftershock had felt stronger than the original quake.

Fin, with a population of about 15,000, lies some 70 kilometers (43.5 miles) north of the southern port city of Bandar Abbas on the Gulf, home to one of the Islamic Republic's key refineries.

Jabari said Bandar Abbas and its refinery were unaffected.

Abdol Arbabkhah, deputy regional administrator in Fin, told IRNA there had been some minor damage.

"The three aftershocks caused panic among the people. We have not received any reports on the extent of damage but the walls of some buildings, including people's homes ... have been cracked," he said.

IRNA said the first quake shook areas near the Gulf island of Qeshm off Hormuzgan's south coast.

Qeshm is the biggest island in the Gulf and is a free-trade zone with a population of about 120,000.

Ten people were killed and 50 injured when an earthquake measuring 5.9 razed mud-brick villages of Qeshm in November.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: earthquake; fin; hormuzgan; iran; iranquake; quake; southerniran; southiran; strong
FYI and discussion
1 posted on 03/25/2006 4:06:30 AM PST by Momaw Nadon
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To: Momaw Nadon

Allah Akbar!


2 posted on 03/25/2006 4:09:20 AM PST by SE Mom (God Bless those who serve..)
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To: Momaw Nadon

so, they are testing?


3 posted on 03/25/2006 4:14:10 AM PST by sure_fine (*not one to over kill the thought process*)
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To: All


4 posted on 03/25/2006 4:14:33 AM PST by Momaw Nadon ("...with the ultimate goal of ending tyranny in our world.")
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To: Momaw Nadon

The U.S. may be playing the HAARP again. ((( ping )))


5 posted on 03/25/2006 4:28:48 AM PST by ex-Texan (Matthew 7:1 through 6)
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To: sure_fine

my thoughts exactly.


6 posted on 03/25/2006 4:38:01 AM PST by pennboricua
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To: Momaw Nadon
Rummy's earthquake machine.


7 posted on 03/25/2006 4:42:06 AM PST by SIDENET (Gonna shake it, gonna break it, let's forget it better still)
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To: Momaw Nadon

Rove.


8 posted on 03/25/2006 4:43:50 AM PST by gotribe (Just tired of going easy on islam)
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To: Momaw Nadon

Hit 'em again - this time in the Capital, more particularly IN THE PALACE of the President!


9 posted on 03/25/2006 4:44:29 AM PST by RoadTest (The wicked love darkness; but God's people love the Light!)
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To: Momaw Nadon

Couldn't happen to nicer guys.


10 posted on 03/25/2006 5:01:46 AM PST by Uncle Meat
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To: pennboricua; sure_fine

1) nuclear testing is easily detectable, 2) they wouldn't do it in that location


11 posted on 03/25/2006 5:03:55 AM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: nuconvert

Shake it, Sugaree......


12 posted on 03/25/2006 5:05:37 AM PST by Shady
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To: Shady

;~ )


13 posted on 03/25/2006 5:14:08 AM PST by nuconvert ([there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: SE Mom

Good response. Not insenstive and on message Bravo!


14 posted on 03/25/2006 5:16:30 AM PST by BunnySlippers
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To: Momaw Nadon

And our govt. will probably send lots of aid.

Meanwhile back at the war, Iran continues to do everything in their power to kill American soldiers.


15 posted on 03/25/2006 10:56:07 AM PST by Joe Boucher (an enemy of islam)
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To: Momaw Nadon

God's punishment !


16 posted on 03/25/2006 10:58:59 AM PST by repentant_pundit (For the Sons and Daughters of Every Planet on the Earth)
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To: Momaw Nadon
Strong quake hits south Iran

Powerful enough to knock down Free Republic.

17 posted on 03/25/2006 10:59:27 AM PST by freedumb2003 (Diplomacy is what you do after you kick the enemy's ass and define their lives afterward)
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To: Momaw Nadon; bd476

Earthquake in Iran bump, bd.


18 posted on 03/25/2006 11:01:56 AM PST by sully777 (wWBBD: What would Brian Boitano do?)
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To: sure_fine

Well, yeah, if they're testing:

1) Among the largest multimegaton thermonuclear hydrogen bombs ever built, as their FIRST test

2) In a hole three times deeper than the deepest hole ever drilled by man in the history of the world

Then yeah, it's nuclear testing.

Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world to begin with. Quakes large enough to make the news are actually too big to be nuclear tests.

A nuke test would have a magnitude in the 4 to 4.5 range or so and have a very unique signature. And they don't have aftershocks. And they aren't 40 km deep.


19 posted on 03/25/2006 11:03:38 AM PST by Strategerist
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To: Momaw Nadon

It is the will of "Allah"! Allahu fubar!


20 posted on 03/25/2006 11:04:22 AM PST by sheik yerbouty ( Make America and the world a jihad free zone!)
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To: freedumb2003
Powerful enough to knock down Free Republic.


I was going through withdrawal. I found myself on Wikipedia reading about the Free Republic.


21 posted on 03/25/2006 11:07:12 AM PST by sully777 (wWBBD: What would Brian Boitano do?)
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To: SIDENET

"Rummy's earthquake machine."

Haha... yep...Rummy was jealous because Cheney got to use the Hurricane Machine on New Orleans


22 posted on 03/25/2006 11:08:39 AM PST by stand4somethin
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To: Momaw Nadon
Not Big enough!
23 posted on 03/25/2006 11:38:31 AM PST by Mike Darancette (In the Land of the Blind the one-eyed man is king.)
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To: Strategerist

I think it must be the 12th Imam starting to come up out of that well, like President AhmaybeBeMad said.


24 posted on 03/25/2006 12:40:11 PM PST by Sender (As water has no constant form, there are in war no constant conditions. Be without form. -Sun Tzu)
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To: sure_fine
they are testing?

Not there. They have plenty of uninhabited desert for that.

25 posted on 03/25/2006 12:43:04 PM PST by RightWhale (pas de lieu, Rhone que nous)
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