February 26, 2005

Earthquake in Iran

Writing about web page http://www.guardian.co.uk/iran/story/0,,1419964,00.html

This article on the Iranian earthquake in The Guardian is very factual
and straightforward, simply describing the events without comenting on any of the politics of the situation.
However, it is very clear from what the article describes that a large proportion of the deaths and casualities caused by this earthquake, and others in Iran, are due to the poor quality of housing, which collapses easily. The lack of infrastructure also hugely hampers rescue attempts. Considering that the earthquake was 6.4 on the Richter scale, the devestation and chaos it has caused, destroying whole villages and filling hospitals, is disproportionately high.

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