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Iran (Islamic Republic of):Earthquake:2003/12/26

Duration2003/12/26 On 26 December 2003, at 01:57 hrs GMT (05:27 hrs local time), an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 struck the city of Bam, Kerman Province in southeastern Iran.
Country or DistrictIran (Islamic Republic of)

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Personal Injury Material Damage Others
BBC news 2004/01/16
Dead: at least 41,000 people
(perhaps reaching 45,000)

Destroyed: about 70% of the Bam of buildings

UN OCHA ReliefWeb Situation Report No.11
Dead: approx. 30,000
Injured approx. 30,000
Homeless approx: 45,000

Buildings destroyed: approx. 25,000 (85%)

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  • BBC news 2004/01/16
    Iranian officials say they now believe at least 41,000 people were killed in last month's devastating earthquake.
  • Reuters Alertnet 2004/01/16
    The earthquake that flattened the ancient Silk Road city of Bam killed 41,000 people and the death toll could rise further, a senior political aide told the official IRNA news agency on Friday.
  • UN OCHA ReliefWeb Situation Report No.11 (Jan.6, 2004)
    The official reported approx. 30,000 dead, approx. 30,000 injured, approx. 45,000 people homeless, and approx. 25,000 buildings destroyed (85%) as of Jan. 6.
  • Tehran Times 2003/12/27
    Officials at the scene said over 70 percent of the buildings in the historic city have been destroyed. They said about 100 percent of the mud brick buildings have been destroyed.
    The airport at the city of Kerman, about 200 kilometres (120 miles) northwest of the devastated city of Bam, was opened up for international aid flights.
  • OCHA Reliefweb Situation Report No.2 2003/12/26
    On 26 December 2003, at 01:57 hrs GMT (05:27 hrs local time), an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 struck the city of Bam, Kerman Province in southeastern Iran. The number of casualties and overall affected is expected to be high due to most houses being built with mud. The media report that the earthquake may have killed at least 4,000 people in the city of Bam, whose population is 80,000.
  • Earthquake Research Institute, The University of Tokyo
    Preliminary Analysis of the Earthquake occured in Iran (Japanese Information)
  • CNN News 2003/12/26
    Most of the historic Iranian city of Bam was destroyed in an early morning earthquake Friday, and government sources said more than 20,000 people were killed.
  • Reuters Alertnet 2003/12/26
    More than 4,000 dead in Iran earthquake-state TV
  • OCHA Situation Report 2003/12/26
    At least 2,000 people have died in a powerful earthquake in south-eastern Iran.
  • BBC news
    A powerful earthquake 6.3 on the Richter scale near the city of Bam in Kerman province in Iran.
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  • Iranian Red Crescent
    An earthquake measuring 6.3 on Richter scale hit Bam city in south east of Iran at 5.28 am Friday 26 December 2003 causing 50 to 60 per cent of complete damages of the houses and buildings. Water, electricity and telephone lines were reported interrupted. According to statement issued by the geophysical institute of the university of Teheran, the quake were followed by two aftershocks at 6:36am and 7:23 am of the same day measured as 5.3 and 4.5 on Richter scale. The Epicenter of the earthquake was Jamoriyan region some 186 km far from the south east of Kerman, the Capital city of Kerman province. Based on the first assessment more than 1000 inhabitants were killed and some thousands of people were injured in this disaster. Since the first outbreak of the event, some 50 relief teams of IRCS consisting of 500 relief workers and rescuers in addition toIRCS﹊s medical teams equipped with ambulances, mobile hospitals, two Helicopters and two planes, were dispatched to the stricken areas to assist the victims. IRCS﹊s branches in neighboring provinces as Hormozegan, Systan and Blouchestan, Chaharmohale Bakhtiyary, Esfahan were ordered as auxiliary provinces of Kerman to rush to the site of the disaster for assisting the people. More than 5000 relief tents, 3000 Blankets, 536 canned foot, 580 kitchen sets, 9000 heaters, 4473 cartons of bread, 10 tons of cubic sugar and 3 water tanks were immediately sent to the stricken area by IRCS﹊s trucks.
    International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology
Urgent Report from Supporting Members of the Asian Disaster Reduction Center