MCEER Earthquake Reconnaissance Investigation
Figure 6 and Figure 7 provide a close-up view of damage within selected areas where the regional damage assessment recorded extreme changes. Identifying and visualizing building collapse in this way could guide search and rescue teams to the probable location of trapped victims.
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According to field reports, up to 95% of buildings collapsed within the ancient Bam citadel. From Figure 6, the eastern wall of the fortress has collapsed (see also Figure 2b). Surrounding dwellings that were clearly defined in the before scene are replaced by indistinct piles of debris, where their walls and roofs have collapsed.