Iran’s monarchs visit fellow compatriots after earthquakes hit their region. Iran has been hit by regular earthquakes for decades and often with major human and material casualties as most recently in the Northwestern part of the country. (Source: persianrealm.com)
Paris Match Photo Essay on the devastating Earthquake that hit the province of Khorassan which killed 20 000 people. The Royal Couple, the Shah and Shahbanou try to comfort a desperate population. 1968. Iran. La terre s’ouvre…
CNN announces first breaking news on Iran’s recent quake (Saturday Aug 11th, 2012):
Jonathan Mann announces that at least 50 people died and another 400 were injured in two strong earthquakes that jolted northwestern Iran Saturday.
Second Quake rises casualties:
Iran’s earthquake history in recent years
March 2006 – at least 70 people are killed and nearly 1,000 injured by a 6.0 magnitude quake in Lorestan province
February 2005 – more than 500 people killed by a strong quake near Zahran, in Kerman province
December 2003 – a 6.6 magnitude quake destroys the ancient city of Bam, killing more than 25,000 people
May 1997 – more than 1,600 killed in Birjand, eastern Iran, in a 7.1 magnitude quake
February 1997 – a 5.5 magnitude quake kills about 1,000 in north-western Iran
June 1990 – some 40,000 die in a tremor in the northern Gilan province
September 16, 1978 – Tabas earthquake was an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale which struck on September 16, 1978 in central Iran. The death toll was approximately 15,000 and the worst damage was to the town Tabas, which was at the epicentre of the quake and completely flattened. 40 villages within a 30 miles (48 km) radius were damaged. All the town’s doctors were reported to have died, leaving civilians to treat others. All water and electricity was cut from Tabas, along with phone lines. The nearest accessible place to gain water was the town of Ferdows, a three hour drive away.
The earthquake lasted around three minutes, compared to the normal earthquake duration of 10 – 20 seconds. It struck at 19:38 local time. In the aftermath of the quake, bodies were burned where found to prevent the spread of disease.
August 31, 1968 – The Dashti Biaz earthquake of occurred at the east-central part of Iran, in the province of Khorassan, not far from where earlier shocks had caused damage in 1939, 1941, 1947 and 1962. The magnitude of the shock was 7.3 and preliminary focal depth determinations indicate a very shallow focus, less than 15 km. Fig. 1 shows the approximate location of the stronger aftershocks, the largest of which occurred on September 1 and showed a magnitude of 6.3. The earthquake caused extensive damage over an area of 4,000 km2.
EARTHQUAKE ON SCREEN
San Francisco (1936):
The legendary 1906 earthquake sequence from “San Francisco”(directed by W.S. Van Dyke) starring star-crossed lovers Clark Gable and Jeanette MacDonald.
Official Trailer of EARTHQUAKE (1974):
Earthquake – Directed by Mark Robson and starring Charlton Heston, George Kennedy, Lorne Greene, Richard Roundtree, Marjoe Gortner. Earthquake is a 1974 American disaster film that achieved huge box-office success, continuing the disaster film genre of the 1970s where recognizable all-star casts attempt to survive life or death situations. The plot concerns the struggle for survival after a catastrophic earthquake destroys most of the city of Los Angeles, California.
Earthquake Scene in the Movie Theater:
DANTE’s PEAK (1997):
Dante’s Peak Trailer – Directed by Roger Donaldson and starring Pierce Brosnan, Charles Hallahan, Jeremy Foley, Grant Heslov, Kirk Trutner. Volcanologist Harry Dalton comes to the sleepy town of Dante’s Peak to investigate the recent rumblings of the dormant volcano the burg is named for. Before long, his worst fears are realized when a massive eruption hits, and immediately, Harry, the mayor and the townspeople find themselves fighting for their lives amid a catastrophic nightmare.