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Reuters AlertNet - CHRONOLOGY-Major earthquakes in Iran

Reuters AlertNet - CHRONOLOGY-Major earthquakes in Iran: "CHRONOLOGY-Major earthquakes in Iran
01 Sep 2004 16:25:11 GMT

Source: Reuters

LONDON, Sept 1 (Reuters) - Iran on Wednesday revised upwards the number killed when an earthquake destroyed the ancient Silk Road city of Bam last December to nearly 31,000 from a previous estimate of around 26,000.

Here is a chronology of some of the major earthquakes in Iran in the past three decades.

Apr 10, 1972 - 5,347 people were killed when an earthquake with a radius of more than 250 miles struck southern Iran around Ghir Karzin. The quake measured 7.1 on the Richter scale.

Mar 22, 1977 - 167 people were killed when an earthquake struck the southeastern coastal region around the town of Bandar Abbas. It measured 7 on the Richter scale.

Apr 6/7, 1977 - 352 people were killed when an earthquake struck Isfahan province. It measured 6.5 on the Richter Scale.

Dec 21, 1977 - An earthquake measuring 6.2 on the Richter scale struck the town of Zarand in Kerman Province, killing 521 people.

Sept 16, 1978 - 15,000 people were killed by an earthquake which measured between 7.5 and 7.9 on the Richter scale. It levelled the town of Tabas and many other villages.

Jan 16, 1979 - An earthquake measuring 7 on the Richter scale struck Khorasan province, killing 199 people.

Nov 14, 1979 - An earthquake struck eastern Iran measuring 5.6 on the Richter scale. It hit a string of villages in Khorasan province, killing at least 385 people.

Jun 11, 1981 - 1,027 people were killed and more than 800 injured. It measured 6.8 on the Richter scale. The town of Golbaf, 800 km (500 miles) southeast of Tehran, was destroyed.

Jun 21, 1990 - 35,000 died and 100,000 were injured when an earthquake, which registered 7.7 on the Richter scale, devastated the Caspian regions of Gilan and Zanjan. Some 500,000 were made homeless.

Feb 28, 1997 - A quake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale killed about 1,000 people in northwestern Iran.

May 10, 1997 - A quake measuring 7.1 on the Richter scale killed 1,560 people in rural areas of eastern Iran near the Afghan border.

Jun 22, 2002 - An earthquake measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale razed dozens of villages in north Iran's Qazvin province killing 229.

Dec 26, 2003 - An earthquake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale strikes the city of Bam, 1,000 km (600 miles) southeast of Tehran. 30,948 were killed in the quake.
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