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Regime warns Iranians a massive earthquake
is imminent

NICOSIA — The Teheran regime has expressed concern over an imminent major earthquake in Iran.   

Officials said the government assessment was that Teheran would be the focus of a massive earthquake that could destroy major parts of the capital. They said the government of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad has drafted plans to re-settle up to 1.1 million people.

This marked the first warning by the president of a major earthquake in Teheran. Officials said government specialists have concluded that an earthquake in the Iranian capital was imminent, Middle East Newsline reported.

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"Iran is criss-crossed with fault lines and is regularly hit by earthquakes, experiencing at least one slight tremor every day on average," Iran's semi-official Fars News Agency said.

"The government will provide the necessary facilities for the people of Teheran to live in other cities," Ahmadinejad said.

The last major earthquake to have struck Iran was in 2003 when more than 26,000 people were killed in Bam. The earthquake led to an examination by the Iranian government to move from Teheran.

Officials said the government has established shelters throughout the Teheran region. They said 25 emergency facilities were being prepared in Teheran to provide temporary accommodations for 1.1 million people.

The largest shelter was located in a soccer stadium. Officials said the Civil Defense Department has equipped Azadi Stadium with tents, food and emergency supplies in preparation for a disaster.

For his part, Ahmadinejad warned Iranians of the prospect of a massive earthquake in Teheran. The president warned residents to prepare to flee to other parts of the country.


Sounds to me like they are expecting an attack on the capital (either a first strike or a second strike in response to one of their own) but are using an earthquake as a cover story to move the people out of the way.

Nancy      5:58 p.m. / Thursday, April 8, 2010

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