Iran Earthquake Situation Report No. 1

Situation Report
Originally published
1. On 4 February 1997 three earthquakes measuring 5.4, 6.1 and 4.0 on the Richter scale (at 13.24 hours, 14.08 hours and 16.00 hours local time) rocked Northern Khorasan and East Mazandaran in north-eastern Iran. The cities of Shirvan, Ghochan, Bojnord, Esfarain, Sabzavar, Neishapor and Mashhad in Khorasan and Gondbad and Minoodasht in Mazandaran have been impacted.
2. The DHA Resident Coordinator reports, after contacts with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Interior and the Red Crescent Society, that according to preliminary information released by the National Disaster Task Force of the Ministry of Interior, the loss and damages include:

- 57 dead

- 160 injured

- 15 villages totally destroyed

- 3 villages 80 per cent destroyed

- 3 villages 50 per cent destroyed

- 29 villages partly damaged

- 2,800 houses damaged in both urban and rural areas

Final damage/loss is expected to exceed the above.

3. The Deputy Minister of Interior and the Director of Natural Disaster Task Force are already in the impacted area to coordinate rescue and operational activities. Government is dispatching heavy duty equipment, ambulances, medical equipment, fuel and other items to the area.

4 The Red Crescent Society of Iran has established four operational task forces in the area, and fielded 15 operational teams, including 165 relief workers. Assistance so far provided by the RCS include 850 tents and 91 tons of clothing, food and basic household utilities. Two helicopters are assisting the operation.

5. A UN Assessment Team is being dispatched from the UNHCR sub-office in Mashhad to provide an initial assessment of the extent of damages.

6. No national or international appeal has yet been made.

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