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Iranian Quake Kills Thousands, Flattens City of Bam; 20,000 killed, 30,000 hurt.
Bloomberg ^ | 12/26/03 | Bloomberg

Posted on 12/26/2003 1:05:14 PM PST by Pikamax

Edited on 07/19/2004 2:12:57 PM PDT by Jim Robinson. [history]

Iranian Quake Kills Thousands, Flattens City of Bam (Update3) Dec. 26 (Bloomberg) -- An earthquake in southern Iran today killed thousands of people in and around the historic city of Bam, and destroyed almost two-thirds of the city's buildings, the official IRNA news service reported.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: deathtoll; earthquake; iran; iranquake
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To: Indy Pendance
We are fortunate to have many good photos.
21 posted on 12/26/2003 2:09:04 PM PST by skraeling
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To: Eala
This is pretty telling..

Posted: Fri Dec 26, 2003 1:04 pm Post subject: Anger rises following deadly quake

Anger rises following deadly quake
SMCCDI (Information Service)
Dec 26, 2003

Anger is rising against the Islamic republic regime following the deadly quake which jolt the historic southeastern City of Bam. Many Iranians are already blaming the regime for the lack of appropriate help and as the cold wave is expected to take more lives in the region with the start of night fall.

The few choppers, planes and tractors sent to the area, cut from neighboring cities, are judged to be unsufficient for the heavy task of rescuing thousands of wounded and many missing residents which have been trapped under the ruins or to transfer those laying in the streets to medical facilities.

The anger has increased especially as the hospitals of neighboring cities are refusing more patients and as the regime's President has issued formal orders banning any aid coming from outside of governmental networks by requesting the transfer of any popular aid to these entities known as to be corrupt.

Many Iranians are remembering the fraud which followed the Roodbar earth quake of the last decade and how most foreign aids were stolen by officials in order to be sold on the black market. Indeed, many of the materials sent especially by the US, such as, medicines and tents were seen later as being sold in Tehran's streets while thousands died due to lack of the same necessary materials in the Roodbar region.
"Let's work together to break the chains of the oppression and destroy the obstacles to the human freedom,everywhere"
22 posted on 12/26/2003 2:09:43 PM PST by The Mayor (You don't need to know where you're going if you let God do the leading)
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To: The Mayor
The Lord has Spoken....

That's what I think. It's bound to make the Almighty a bit cranky when you threaten to wipe His kids off the map.

23 posted on 12/26/2003 2:12:10 PM PST by Terabitten (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of All Who Threaten It)
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To: bigfootbob
Patty praises Osama for building day care centers, hospitals, and schools in the Muslim world, and bashes the US for not doing the same.

But when it came time for her to vote for the appropriation that was going to pay for the construction of schools and hospitals in Muslim Iraq, she voted against it.
24 posted on 12/26/2003 2:18:12 PM PST by Guillermo (Happy Ramahannakwaanzmas!)
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To: Tragically Single

I tend to get a little protective of my own!
25 posted on 12/26/2003 2:19:07 PM PST by The Mayor (You don't need to know where you're going if you let God do the leading)
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To: Guillermo
We're lucky to have her.....NOT!
26 posted on 12/26/2003 2:20:12 PM PST by bigfootbob
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To: Indy Pendance

Iranian men point to different locations at the destroyed 3,000 year old Bam citadel, December 26, 2003 after
an earthquake which measured 6.3 on the Richter scale hit Bam, 1285 kilometers (756 miles) southeast of
Tehran. A devastating earthquake struck the ancient Silk Road city of Bam in southeastern Iran on Friday,
killing more than 15,000 people and injuring thousands of others. REUTERS/Raheb Homavandi

27 posted on 12/26/2003 2:23:09 PM PST by michigander
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To: The Mayor
Al Qaeda Islamists were starting to use the recent California earthquake in their propaganda. I hope we don't start doing the same here on FR.
28 posted on 12/26/2003 2:28:49 PM PST by winner3000
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To: Indy Pendance
How beautiful. I'm hesitatnt to see the pictures of its destruction, sad.
29 posted on 12/26/2003 2:30:35 PM PST by Libertina
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To: Tragically Single
"That's what I think. It's bound to make the Almighty a bit cranky when you threaten to wipe His kids off the map."

Huh, I guess all earthquakes are directed at people God doesn't like.
30 posted on 12/26/2003 2:33:55 PM PST by Rebelbase
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To: Tragically Single
Why shake down a worthless mud city and kill thousands
who don't have clue of what's going on? Wouldn't it be
more to the point if the nuclear reactors and weapons
production facilties were destroyed instead?
31 posted on 12/26/2003 2:34:30 PM PST by StormEye
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To: StormEye
I guess God works in mysterious ways.
32 posted on 12/26/2003 2:36:54 PM PST by StormEye
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To: Tragically Single
Probably one of my bigger shocks when I got to FR was exactly how many people maintained silly, infantile "Og-and-the-Volcano-God" beliefs about natural disasters being some sort of directed divine punishment.

Nothing could be dumber, or, frankly, more of an insult to one's intelligence.
33 posted on 12/26/2003 2:40:40 PM PST by John H K
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To: winner3000
I'm not, just agreeing with Tragically Single.

34 posted on 12/26/2003 2:41:29 PM PST by The Mayor (You don't need to know where you're going if you let God do the leading)
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To: michigander
. . . And a giant Hand came out of the sky and a giant Finger pointed directly at Og's house . . .
35 posted on 12/26/2003 2:43:10 PM PST by RightWhale (Close your tag lines)
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To: Pikamax
Regardless of our differences, it is heartbreaking to see people suffer like that. My prayers go out to them and I hope we can help.
36 posted on 12/26/2003 2:52:30 PM PST by XRdsRev
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To: Libertina
How beautiful. I'm hesitatnt to see the pictures of its destruction, sad.

I agree, the US undoubtedly will do the heavy lifting in the relief effort of course.

37 posted on 12/26/2003 7:46:29 PM PST by X-FID (I think it is a bit different. Cows are vegetarians)
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To: Tragically Single
Probably one of my bigger shocks when I got to FR was exactly how many people maintained silly, infantile "Og-and-the-Volcano-God" beliefs about natural disasters being some sort of directed divine punishment lacked a sense of humor. Nothing could be dumber, or, frankly, more of an insult to one's intelligence.

Jeesh, guys, lighten up.

38 posted on 12/26/2003 7:52:27 PM PST by Terabitten (Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of All Who Threaten It)
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To: Pikamax
Bam: The Tragedy in Photos (Essay, Long)


Bam divided to 6 disaster zones
04:48:00 È.Ù
Tehran, Dec 27 - The real rage of an apocalyptic earthquake in the palm-growing Silk Road city of Bam is dawning on Iranians who flooded relief-mobilization centers for blood and other aid donations on Saturday as foreign aid teams flew in.

A local official said 12 sniffer dogs had been transferred to Bam from the southeastern Sistan Baluchestan province, where they are usually used to catch illegal drugs, and 30 others were due to be shipped.

According to Interior Minister Abdolvahed Mousavi-Lari, the city has been divided to six disaster zones in order to accelerate relief and rescue operations.

"The main issue now is to save the lives of those remaining under the debris. However, transfer of the injured is a priority," he said.

Provisional accommodation of the residents, Lari said, is expected to finish at the end of the day. The head of Iran's Telecommunications Company, Ali Akbar Sanati, said telephone link has been restored in the city which had seen its telecommunications system totally demolished.

An Army Air Force official, Brigadier Amir Habibi, said more than 600 tons of relief aid, including medicine, ambulances, blankets, heating equipment, tents and canned food, had been shipped to the provincial center of Kerman on 20 flights.

According to an official at the Kerman governor's office, two flights, carrying rescue and relief teams with sniffer dogs, from Germany and Switzerland had arrived in Kerman and a further British flight was due to touch down at the city's airport.

The Red Crescent Society said Iran had also received more help offers from most of the European Union states as well as many other countries, including Japan, New Zealand, the United Nations, Malaysia, Turkey and Greece.

Interior Ministry spokesman Jahanbakhsh Khanjani, however, rejected the aid offer made by Israel.

The official said Iran had waived visa requirement for foreign relief workers as he made a plea for international assistance, including for detection equipment, sniffer dogs, medicines, blankets, tents and pre-fabricated units.

Iranians across the country also swung into action to provide help for those affected.

Messages of solicitude and condolences poured in from across the world.

Bam and its environs, home to about 200,000 people, were rattled by a strong tremor at 5:28 hours (0158 GMT) on Friday. Most of the buildings in the city are shoddily-built with mud bricks.

The Tehran Geophysics Institute put the magnitude of the quake at 6.3 degrees, while international seismological observatories recorded the tremor as strong as 6.7 degrees.

The desert city, located 1,000 kilometers southeast of capital Tehran, is home to several landmarks, including a 2000-old citadel, said to the be the world's biggest mud-brick structure, which is almost gone now.

General mood in Bam was somber. State television showed footage of dazed residents, with women wailing near the bodies of their dear ones. Rarely was any building seen with their walls standing.

Some of the residents were shown combing through the debris in a frantic effort to pull out those entrapped. Several hundred bodies were bundled and transferred to a sports stadium lawn before burial.

Exact casualty figures are not likely to emerge yet.

Earthquakes are almost a rule in Iran, a country sitting on major faultlines in the earth's structure.

Some 35,000 people were killed in 1990 when earthquakes of up to 7.7 on the Richter scale hit the northwest of Iran.

No visa needed for foreign rescuers
11:12:32 Þ.Ù
Tehran, Dec 27 - Interior Ministry Spokesman Jahanbakhsh Khanjani said foreign relief workers arriving in the country to help the survivors of the killer quake in Bam do not need visas.

A strong earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 degrees on the Richter scale rocked the city of Bam in the southeastern province of Kerman early Friday, killing at least 20,000 people and injuring more than 30,000 others.

According to the approval of the natural disasters headquarters,the Kerman international airport is chosen to receive foreign aid, he said, adding the airport will provide 24-hour services.

Quake toll lesser than media figures
06:52:34 ָ.
Kerman, Dec 27 - Two Iranian officials on Saturday refuted certain media figures on the toll from Friday's quake disaster in southeastern city of Bam.

Deputy governor general of Kerman for political and security affairs Mohammad Farshad said in an interview with IRNA on Saturday that certain media reports on tolls from Friday's deadly quake in Bam were not correct, insisting that the figure is much less than what they announce.

"The figures are not correct; no precise statistics on the number of casualties are available yet but it seems that number of the victims is less," said Farshad.

Certain media have put the death toll from the quake at 20,000 to 25,000.

Farshad said 7,000 of the injured have thus far been carried to hospitals in Kerman and the nearby provinces.

Meanwhile, director general of Iran's Natural Disasters Headquarters Abbas Jazayeri too refuted certain media claims on the toll, saying the figures change with the passage of time.

Jazayeri said more than 7,000 injured citizens of Bam have thus far been transferred to hospitals and medicare centers throughout the country.

He said the injured have been admitted by hospitals in provinces of Khorassan, Fars, Isfahan, Yazd and Kerman.

He added however that some of the injured had received out patient medicare services and the rest had been hospitalized.

The official said the Red Crescent Society, Natural Disasters Headquarters, the Islamic Republic Army, the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps, Police and Ministry of Health are busy rendering relief services to the victims in the quake-hit areas.

He said 140 sorties of flight had been conducted to the regions, carrying the injured to medicare centers.

He predicted that operations for transfer of all the injured would be completed in the comings hours.


Published: December 28, 2003

EHRAN, Dec. 27 — The death toll from the devastating earthquake that struck the southern Iranian city of Bam on Friday morning rose to 25,000, city officials said Saturday, with many more tens of thousands injured.

"Five thousand people were killed on the spot and there are 20,000 people under the rubble," said Iradj Sharifi, rector of the faculty of medicine in city of Kerman, about 120 miles northwest of Bam.

The interior minister, Abdolvahed Moussavi Lari, said on state television from Bam: "The city is ruined. More than 70 percent of it is destroyed."

On Saturday, the tens of thousands of injured people crowded field hospitals or lay helplessly in the streets, while survivors and rescuers dug frantically to try to save those still trapped. Aftershocks jolted the area repeatedly.

There were grim but uncertain predictions that the death toll — now at about an eighth of the population of the district — might rise.

"As more bodies are pulled out, we fear that the death toll may reach as high as 40,000," said Akbar Alavi, the governor of Kerman, the provincial capital, according to The Associated Press. "An unbelievable human disaster has occurred."

The earthquake, which Iranian agencies measured at 6.3 and American agencies at 6.6, rocked Bam, 610 miles southeast of the capital, Tehran, at 5:28 a.m. Friday. It lasted 12 seconds, state television said, adding that most last only 5 seconds.

Volunteer rescue workers from around the country hurried into Bam, some equipped with shovels, some joining survivors in clawing through the rubble barehanded.

International rescue teams began arriving with sniffer dogs and detection equipment. One dog team dug out 20 survivors, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

The use of dogs, which are considered unclean by most Muslims, was a sticking point in rescue efforts in a 1990 earthquake that struck northwestern Iran, killing about 50,000 people.

Government spokesmen announced that foreign aid workers would not need entry visas.

"We need help — otherwise we will be pulling corpses, not the injured, out of the rubble," Brigadier Mohammadi, commander of the army in southeastern Iran, told state television.

Hurriedly constructed field hospitals were overwhelmed with casualties, and many of the injured lay in the streets. State television said at least 3,000 people had been flown to hospitals in other cities, and it showed film of bloodied victims being loaded onto planes.

The bodies of the dead lined streets. By Saturday, broad trenches were being dug with earthmoving equipment, and hundreds of bodies were being buried at a time, The A.P. reported. Many more bodies were collected at cemeteries, the agency reported. State television showed some bodies being stowed in the trunks of cars.

The aftershocks wrecked many buildings that had survived the initial quake. Eyewitnesses said the last section of Imam Khomeini hospital that had remained standing, collapsed Saturday during an aftershock. Another hospital had also been destroyed.

Refugees poured out of Bam on Saturday, according to Agence France-Presse, with the main road to Kerman City jammed with thousands of cars crammed with belongings. Tens of thousands of people, their homes destroyed, spent the night outside. With temperatures hovering around freezing overnight, some gathered around fires. Many continued to search the rubble for family members.

One woman cried and begged for help in front of her leveled house, according to a local journalist. The woman, Batul, 48, said her husband, 55, and three of her five children had died. Her daughter, 17, was badly injured but was among the relatively fortunate victims who received help at field hospitals. She had managed to find her husband's body, she said.

"I have lost everything, my home and my family," Batul said. "We were all asleep when the earthquake happened and all I could do was to drag my 12-year-old son out of the house."

State television showed an injured 5-year-old boy in a hospital in the city of Isfahan who said his mother and brother had been killed and his father taken to a hospital in Tehran.

A Kerman City official, Ali Karimi, said the historic quarter of Bam — a mud city dating to the early years of the first century — was certainly completely destroyed.

Rescuers and equipment were arriving from around the world, and Iranian officials organized their deployment, dividing the city into six broad sections. Planes from Switzerland, Britain, Germany, Italy and Belgium were expected on Saturday morning. Denmark sent a team of 52 rescue workers with dogs and electronic search and rescue equipment, according to a statement released by its embassy in Tehran. Kuwait's Health Ministry said its medical team would arrive Sunday.

Bush administration officials in Washington, which has had tense relations with Iran, said they were preparing to announce an aid package. A 73-member urban search and rescue team from Fairfax, Va., was being sent to Iran by the United States Agency for International Development, The A.P. reported.

Throughout the country, people tried to find ways to help, too. State television showed Iranians crowding hospitals to donate blood. People flooded aid centers with canned food, blankets and clothes.

"I feel like my own children are buried under the rubble," said a crying woman in Tehran, who donated blankets and bottled water. "I want to go to the city and help, sending stuff is not enough."

39 posted on 12/27/2003 11:04:27 AM PST by cgk (Kraut, 1989: We must brace ourselves for disquisitions on peer pressure, adolescent anomie & rage.)
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To: Pikamax
Iran said they would take help from anyone, but Israel.

I say unless they take help from Israel, then no one use should help them. (And no, I'm not Jewish.)
40 posted on 12/27/2003 11:56:09 AM PST by vladog
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