4.1 earthquake in Tehran


20.02.11.V Sunday afternoon in Tehran recorded earthquakes of magnitude 4.1 on the Richter scale, according to MEHR.

The head of the Red Crescent Society of Iran, Mahmoud Muzaffer said that the earthquake occurred at 14:52 (local time), and its epicenter was in the area Pakdesht 31 km from the capital.

According to him, data destruction and casualties were reported. Staff members of the intended population in which most are close to the epicenter.

Previously, because of the danger of the earthquake in Tehran, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad spoke about the need of eviction from the city of five million people.

Ahmadinejad said in Tehran province is now home to more than 13.7 million people and you must be prepared for a possible earthquake.

"The probability of an earthquake in Tehran should be kept under serious control, and to be prepared for this natural disaster, it is necessary to constantly conduct training, should be checked availability of all organs" — Ahmadinejad said.
For government employees who volunteered to leave the capital, in addition to salary increases, allocated land, provided funds for the construction of houses and other applicable benefits.

The capital of Iran is in a seismic zone, so previously been proposals to move the capital. Iran has frequent earthquakes. The strongest earthquake in recent times took place in December 2003 in the city of Bam, located in the south-eastern province of Kerman. The earthquake killed 31,000 people, destroyed an ancient fortress, built of clay.

The most devastating earthquake in Iran is of magnitude 7.7 on the Richter scale, occurred in 1990. As a result, in the provinces of Gilan and Zanjan killed 37,000 people, more than 100,000 people were injured.



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