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Report: Explosion destroys much of underground installation in Iran
Examiner ^ | January 26, 2013 | Christopher Collins

Posted on 01/27/2013 8:51:39 AM PST by Ernest_at_the_Beach

An explosion deep within Iran’s Fordow nuclear facility has destroyed much of the installation, trapped about 240 personnel deep underground, according to a former intelligence officer of the Islamic regime, and reported by Reza Kahlili on Thursday.

The previously secret nuclear site has become a center for Iran’s nuclear activity because of the 2,700 centrifuges enriching uranium to the 20-percent level. A further enrichment to weapons grade would take only weeks, experts say.

“The level of enrichment has been a major concern to Israeli officials, and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu repeatedly has warned about the 20-percent enriched stockpile. The explosion occurred Monday, the day before Israeli elections weakened Netanyahu’s political control,” said Kahlili.

“Iran, to avoid alarm, had converted part of the stockpile to fuel plates for use in the Tehran Research Reactor. However, days after the recent failed talks with the International Atomic Energy Agency, Iranian officials announced the enrichment process will not stop even “for a moment.”

"The regime’s uranium enrichment process takes place at two known sites: the Natanz facility with more than 10,000 centrifuges and Fordow with more than 2,700. The regime currently has enough low-grade (3.5 percent) uranium stockpiled for six nuclear bombs if further enriched."

“However, more time is needed for conversion of the low-grade uranium than what would be needed for a stockpile at 20 percent. It takes 225 kilograms of enriched uranium at the 20-percent level to further enrich to the 90-percent level for one nuclear bomb. However, according to a source in the security forces protecting Fordow, an explosion on Monday at 11:30 a.m. Tehran time rocked the site, which is buried deep under a mountain and immune not only to airstrikes but to most bunker-buster bombs.

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TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Russia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 201301; enrichment; fordow; fordowfacility; iran; irannuclear; irannuclearblast; israel; natanz; nukes; uranium
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To: KC_Lion

These deep bunkers make excellent tombs. Let’s all hope these reports are true and that we have a big smoking hole in the ground with lots of radioactivity and corpses. Maybe they hit a gas pocket while digging some new tunnels..


21 posted on 01/27/2013 9:18:02 AM PST by Oldexpat
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To: KC_Lion; Ernest_at_the_Beach

Ah, I see said the blind man.


22 posted on 01/27/2013 9:19:21 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: xkaydet65

If that is what you think, maybe you shouldn’t broadcast it


23 posted on 01/27/2013 9:21:15 AM PST by yldstrk (My heroes have always been cowboys)
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To: xkaydet65

People ridicule WND and dont give it credit as a ‘worthy’ news outlet, but they had this story days ago...


24 posted on 01/27/2013 9:21:22 AM PST by Former MSM Viewer
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Nice underground installation ya got there...be a shame if something were to happen to it.


25 posted on 01/27/2013 9:23:15 AM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Does, ‘The previously secret nuclear site’ now = ‘big-@ss hole in the ground?’

Hope so! :)


26 posted on 01/27/2013 9:23:15 AM PST by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach
That'll teach them not to serve beans in the cafeteria!

Whoops!

27 posted on 01/27/2013 9:26:11 AM PST by Smokin' Joe (How often God must weep at humans' folly. Stand fast. God knows what He is doing)
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To: onyx
What I mean is that the Israelis are halting the Iranians Nuclear Programs with or with/out Ubama, The UN or any other agency Blessing.

Bibi is defying them and getting results.

:)

28 posted on 01/27/2013 9:26:22 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

I have an alibi. It wasn’t me.


29 posted on 01/27/2013 9:28:45 AM PST by GSWarrior (Click HERE to read entire tagline.)
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To: KC_Lion

I understood that completely.


30 posted on 01/27/2013 9:30:49 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Former MSM Viewer

Even if they make it all up that gives them as much journalistic standards as the MSM.


31 posted on 01/27/2013 9:32:26 AM PST by Kadric
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To: onyx
Oh sorry my Dear,

I thought that little Lymrick meant someone DIDN'T understand it.

Opps.

32 posted on 01/27/2013 9:34:37 AM PST by KC_Lion (Build the America you want to live in at your address, and keep looking up.-Sarah Palin)
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To: KC_Lion

You’re always crystal clear!
:)


33 posted on 01/27/2013 9:35:27 AM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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To: Le Chien Rouge

I would offer this observation...from the 240 folks deep below....they probably are among the best and brightest. So, it might be three years before you could assemble another team of such caliber from Iran, and go to the next round. It’d be like an NFL plane going down with an entire team...taking several years for them to rebuild.


34 posted on 01/27/2013 9:37:46 AM PST by pepsionice
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Well, here’s a thought.

Why doesn’t somebody look up the Earthquake activity for the DAY in question and see if there seemed to be some significant ‘activity’ in that area, that day ???

I don’t see any significant activity a week ago (using Earthquake 3D), but it might not be listed on the source I’m using. Perhaps it was very weak. It should still show up on the logs.


35 posted on 01/27/2013 9:37:46 AM PST by UCANSEE2 (What difference does it make (if they eat cake)?)
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To: blueunicorn6

almost as bad as the canoe accident where I lost all my guns....../s


36 posted on 01/27/2013 9:38:14 AM PST by M-cubed
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To: blueunicorn6

Bad falafels from the lunch wagon that day.


38 posted on 01/27/2013 9:41:52 AM PST by Noumenon (One individual with courage, determination and a rifle can change the course of history.)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Does this surprise anyone? I’ve gotta imagine this “accident” has been years in the making.


39 posted on 01/27/2013 9:44:50 AM PST by IronJack (=)
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To: Le Chien Rouge
"God works in mysterious ways protecting Israel.
true...& the Mossad..he does; when ppl. have the confidence to
"help/assist" themselves...great tidings to whom it may concern.

40 posted on 01/27/2013 9:44:55 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (who'll take tomorrow,spend it all today;who can take your income,tax it all away..0'Bozo man can :-)
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