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tennislover
Mar 31st, 2006, 01:42 PM
http://www.cnn.com/2006/WORLD/meast/03/31/earthquake.iran/index.html

A series of earthquakes struck western Iran early Friday, killing dozens and flattening entire villages.

At least 66 people were killed and 988 injured, a medical official in Lurestan province told the official IRNA news agency.

The state-run news service put the magnitude of the quake at 6.0, and the U.S. Geological Survey pegged the temblor at 5.7.

The quakes were centered near Boroujerd and Doroud, two industrial cities about 210 miles southwest of Tehran, the official Islamic Republic News Agency reported.

Provincial official Ali Barani said about 200 villages were damaged, some flattened, The Associated Press reported.

U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice -- speaking during a visit to England -- said the United States was prepared to send humanitarian assistance if it was required.

The quake was sandwiched between two less-intense quakes measuring 4.7 in magnitude. All three quakes hit the region during a nine-hour period, with the first one hitting western Iran Thursday about 7:45 p.m. (1645 GMT)

Barani told IRNA rescue teams had been sent to the region. He said survivors were in urgent need of blankets, tents and food.

Television showed survivors standing next to their destroyed houses in villages north of Doroud. The television also showed dozens of sheep and goats killed by the quake.

Barani said hospitals in Doroud and Boroujerd were full to their capacity.

Officials called on doctors and nurses on leave to get back to work, AP reported. Iranians are celebrating Nowruz, or new year, and most government offices are closed and their staff on holiday.

"We are afraid to get back home. I spent the night with my family and guests in open space last night," Doroud resident Mahmoud Chaharmiri told AP by telephone.

But Chaharmiri said there were no scenes of destruction in Doroud such as those after previous quakes.

In February 2005, a 6.4-magnitude quake rocked the town of Zarand in southern Iran, killing 612 people and injuring more than 1,400.

A magnitude-6.6 quake flattened the historic southeastern city of Bam in the same region in December 2003, killing 26,000 people.

Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes. It experiences at least one slight earthquake everyday on average, AP reported.


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Lord Nelson
Apr 1st, 2006, 12:16 PM
Why is the U.S. providing humanitarian aid to its enemy. Stop being so masochist.

tennislover
Apr 1st, 2006, 12:17 PM
Why is the U.S. providing humanitarian aid to its enemy. Stop being so masochist.

omg are you joking :confused:

here the photo of a iranian child whose house was destroyed by the quake
http://www.corriere.it/Media/Foto/2006/04_Aprile/01/IRAN.jpg
is she an enemy?

Lord Nelson
Apr 1st, 2006, 12:41 PM
the private American agencies can provide aid but the U.S. government should stay out of it.

DuLeafs
Apr 1st, 2006, 01:43 PM
Why is the U.S. providing humanitarian aid to its enemy. Stop being so masochist.

:eek: :speakles: :confused: :retard:

omfg... that is the most retarded thing I ever heard anyone say :retard:

DuLeafs
Apr 1st, 2006, 01:46 PM
the private American agencies can provide aid but the U.S. government should stay out of it.

Ur so right, they should stay out... They should get the (peep) out of the Middle East and get their asses home. They should fix their own problems first... :rolleyes: :o

Strangelove
Apr 1st, 2006, 01:53 PM
A country as wealthy as the US should always provide help when a country can't cope with a disaster like this on its own. Whether they consider the country an enemy or not.

And yes, they should get out. But that's an issue that should be considered as completely seperate from this quake-business.

Lord Nelson
Apr 1st, 2006, 02:11 PM
Ur so right, they should stay out... They should get the (peep) out of the Middle East and get their asses home. They should fix their own problems first... :rolleyes: :o
Exactly, isn't that what you people want? In any case you guys should get the hell out of Somalia, Darfur etc.. too. As for Iran they can survive if they did not get U.S. government aid. Fortunately only 70 people died.