Skip to comments.UNCONFIRMED: WAS IRANIAN WEEKEND EARTHQUAKE A NUCLEAR TEST?
Posted on 11/02/2008 6:41:21 AM PST by standingfirm
** World faces growing risk of war: US intelligence chief ** - An Israeli news service is reporting this morning that an earthquake in Iran last weekend may have been triggered by an Iranian nuclear weapons test, citing an Iranian nuclear scientist working on the project as its source.
This past Saturday night, southern Iran experienced what was reported as a significant earthquake a seismic event measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale, reports Arutz Sheva/Israel National News, attributing the story first to the Israel Insider website. Its epicenter was just north of the strategic Straits of Hormuz, which separates Iran from Abu Dhabi and Oman and which is the gateway to the Persian Gulf. The report quotes an Iranian nuclear scientist who claims to be working in uranium enrichment for the project, and who said that the quake was acutally an undergound nuclear bomb test. Israel Insider adds that the test/quake was actually the second in a series. Nine days ago, a 4.8 Richter scale event occurred, with its epicenter only five kilometers away from the weekend tremor. The Israel Insider source reports that two nuclear rockets are currently ready and are intended for use against Israel in the coming months. If the report is correct, it would belie previous speculation that Iran would not begin nuclear testing until it had more nuclear-bomb production capability.
Let me stress that this is an unconfirmed report. While the Associated Press did report a 5.0 earthquake in Iran this past weekend, as of 7:30am eastern on Friday, the allegation that the quake was connected to Iranian nuclear testing has not been picked up by other major Israeli news services such as the Jerusalem Post, Ynet, or Haaretz.
In a word ......No
Depth was reported at 35 miles.
Way too deep for a nuclear test.
Not a chance.
I am waiting to see what the API says about it!
Way too deep for a nuclear test.-F15Eagle
I had seen reports where the depth was closer to 20 miles, but either way your point about it being way too deep is correct.
True, but the article talks about the nuclear test “triggering” the earthquake, not that the test was an earthquake. I certainly hope it’s not true.
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why don’t we drop one on them and see if we get the same results. If so, then we can clearly say they were testing a bomb! :P
Iran is prone to quakes - as is Pakistan I think.
There must be a major fault running through that area.
Depending upon whether they got some uranium, I wouldn’t be surprised if Iran is well on their way to at least a basic fission weapon. They may be a ways away from fission-fusion devices (I would imagine).
I’m sure Pooty-Poot is ready to use Iran as his proxy to achieve certain goals. Certainly not the least of which, reducing or eliminating American influence in the Middle East.
If every Iranian earthquake is a nuclear test, they must have one hell of an arsenal; they’ve had 119 reported quakes in the last month.
Here's some help keeping your eye on it.
I’m certain if they were planning a nuclear test, they’d wait until Wednesday.
Relax. President Obama will tame Iran.
The USGS website has the epicenter at 26.533°N, 54.985°E which puts it out in the Persian Gulf waters and 18 miles deep.
Don’t believe everything you read on the internet. USGS site makes it pretty clear that this wasn’t a nuke test - it was located on the shore of the Persian gulf for mercy sake.
Earthquakes gradually build up: rumblerumblerumblerumblerumblerumblerumblerumblerumblerumblerumblerumblerumble
Nuclear bombs don't build up
Like a strait of Hormuz incident to test a new President?
Probably not. But too bad...if it was, it would be worth 5 points to John McCain. Imagine Bush coming to the press room today with an announcement that Iran has just gone nuclear.
Note the grid coordinates (left hand corner) of Iran's test site outside of Esfahan.
I used to work for a company/ seismologists that tracked Soviet nuclear tests. They are SO able to tell the difference, and you can bet that a good number of them are tracking these tests around the world.
Yeah and then $2 gas will suddenly be $5/gal or more. Maybe $10/gal.
I don’t think Russia is finished around Georgia and neighboring states, either.
Diplomacy to the rescue.