:: Tuesday, December 30, 2003 ::

Iran's Earthquake

The horror of the Iranian earthquakes are hard to comprehend. Maybe as many as 50,000 have died in the ancient city and 100,000 grief stricken survivors are homeless.

The BBC notes "Questions have also been asked about sub-standard housing, with one member of parliament calling for the Minister of Housing to be prosecuted for his inability to ensure Iran's buildings are safe."

See for example this report from 1990 which highlights inappropriate construction techniques. The report ends with the chilling phrase "Application of the information gained from the study of this event will result in the saving of lives when the next earthquake strikes in this highly seismic region."

(Thanks to Andy in New York.)

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