[Editor's Note: The first thought that came into my mind:
"Was this a natural event, or a manufactured earthquake?" The
Illuminati has had the technology for decades (see http://www.cyberspaceorbit.com/tectonic_weapons.html
The Russians could create masive earthquakes in the 1960's using Tesla technology.
Remember all of those earthquakes that were going off like fire crackers
in Afghanistan about a year and a half ago when the US military was fereting
out the Taliban rebels from their caves? Now, Iran, one of the more choice
targets for the next American Blitzkrieg, gets pounded with a devastating
quake. Is it real or is it Tesla?...Ken Adachi]
By Ramita Navai in Bam, Southern Iran, and Torcuil Crichton
The Sunday Herald - UK
Dec. 28, 2003
Rescue workers were struggling last night to reach the epicentre
of the Iranian earthquake as hopes faded of finding many more people alive
under the rubble that was the city of Bam.
With survivors facing their second night outdoors in sub-zero temperatures,
Iranian president Mohammad Khatami described Friday's dawn earthquake as
a "national tragedy" and said it was too huge for Iran to cope
with alone. Yet even with an estimated 40,000 dead and many more injured,
the Iranian government refused an offer of help from Israel.
Although rescue workers and equipment have flooded into south-east Iran
since the earthquake, measuring 6.3 on the Richter scale, hit the city early
on Friday, attempts to reach the disaster scene have been frustrated by
transport difficulties and blocked roads.
As darkness fell last night survivors were still digging for their loved
ones with their bare hands as the bodies of the dead lay stacked by the
side of the road.
John Holland, operations director of the 20-strong Rapid-UK search and rescue
party, said his team had been working non-stop in the 24 hours since they
arrived at the scene of the disaster.
Holland said the team had checked a total of 18 buildings so far in a bid
to locate survivors, but had found none. He said the earthquake had almost
completely destroyed Bam, leaving only a few badly damaged buildings standing.
Speaking from the team's makeshift base on a football pitch in the heart
of the city, Holland admitted that the chances of finding anyone alive were
now remote. "We have not found any survivors - but we have found quite
a few bodies. In this type of situation the chances of finding someone alive
are quite low, to be honest. As more time goes on, obviously the chances
Roads leading to the city have become jammed with emergency vehicles and
people travelling to find missing relatives.
Those who made it to the city were met with scenes of utter devastation.
"There is not a standing building in the city. Bam has turned into
a wasteland," said Iranian interior minister Abdolvahed Mousavi Lari.
The ancient citadel that was the centrepiece of the old town and the main
attraction of Bam's tourism industry is completely destroyed.
Yesterday, few survivors were pulled from the rubble, and estimates of the
injured reached 50,000.
Hundreds of bodies have already tipped into trenches hollowed out by mechanical
diggers. Cemeteries were crammed to overflowing with fully clothed corpses
and the stench of death was beginning to pervade the streets. Hospitals
in the nearest city, Kerman, were overwhelmed and had to turn away the wounded.
Iranian military planes have been mobilised to evacuate the wounded from
the earthquake-hit zone to hospitals in Tehran and other cities.
Graham Payne, director of Rapid-UK, said volunteers in Iran faced the risks
of aftershocks and of epidemic disease from the unburied corpses. "It's
a horrendous scene. Up to half the city's population is dead, including
many of the fire and ambulance workers. Most of the emergency equipment
has also been destroyed . It is very hard for the rescuers to know where
Health minister Ahmed Pezeshkin has appealed for medicine and equipment.
He said more foreign volunteers were not needed, because Iran was having
trouble co-ordinating its efforts. Iran needed mobile X-ray machines and
ventilators more than people, he said.
Water, electricity and gas supplies have been cut, and people lit fires
in the street to keep warm as temperatures plummeted overnight. The International
Red Cross has launched an appeal for $12.3 million.
President Bush, who earlier bran ded Iran part of an "axis of evil",
said the US was ready to send aid. The European Union has pledged almost
a million dollars. Britain immediately donated £150,000 to buy blankets
and plastic sheeting locally and sent a rescue mission to the area early
on Saturday morning. The group included seven Scottish volunteers from the
International Rescue Corps base in Grangemouth with medical and rescue experience.
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