Source: UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs
Date: 28 May 2004
Iran: Earthquake OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Ref: OCHA/GVA -2004/0078
OCHA Situation Report No. 1
Iran - Earthquake
Occurred on 28 May 2004
This report is based on information provided by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs in Tehran, the Office of the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Tehran, the Swiss Seismological Service (SED), the United States Geological Survey (USGS), and the media.
1. Today, at 17:08:43 local time, an earthquake measuring 5.5 on the Richter scale (as reported by OCHA Tehran according to the International Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology) struck northern Iran in Baladeh and Yush villages, in Mazanderan Province. According to Iranian Officials, the epicenter was in the village of Baladeh, close to the Caspian Sea and 69 kilometers north of Tehran. The earthquake also shook Tehran, Golestan, Guilan, Qazvin and Semnan provinces. State television reported the earthquake was felt from the Caspian Sea provinces to the central city of Isfahan, the northwest city of Ardebil as well as in southern Turkey. As much as 15 aftershocks, including one measuring 4.4, were felt.
2. So far 6 deaths and eight injured are reported by the Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS), as 5 persons were killed in Mazanderan Province and one in the Qasvin Province. Destruction of few houses is also reported by the Iranian Red Crescent. Chaloos road to the Caspian sea has been blocked in three points because of sand downfalls. In Tehran, the earthquake shook buildings, shattering some windows and bringing people out into the streets, according to reporters in the capital. The state news agency Irna said roads were damaged and there were reports of power cuts in some areas.
3. The data on damage and impact of the earthquake is based on information available at this stage and is subject to change.