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A Magnitude 6.6 Earthquake Occurred in Bam, Iran

December 26, 2003

A Magnitude 6.6 Earthquake occurred in Bam, Iran on Friday, December 26, 2003. USGS reports tens of thousands of people killed and injured in the quake, and numbers are likely to increase as aftershocks occur and more areas are searched. It is also estimated that 85 percent of the buildings in Bam have been damaged or destroyed, with comparable damage to the infrastructure. A detailed preliminary report is available at the USGS website, and related links are available at the EQNET website. EQNET also has information about the magnitude 6.5 Central California earthquake of 12/22/03. Three literature searches on the Bam, Iran quake  have been prepared by the MCEER Information Service: Seismicity of Iran; Historic or Adobe Structures in Iran; and Bam, Iran. MCEER literature searches are available here.


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