Quake toll in Iran now 25,000
from CBC.ca archives | Fri, 26 Dec 2003
TEHRAN - The frantic search for survivors of the earthquake in southeastern Iran is continuing through the night. But rescuers are finding few people alive � estimates vary, but authorities say 25,000 people may have died.
The earthquake struck near Bam, about 1,000 kilometres south of Tehran, in the pre-dawn hours, at 5:28 a.m. local time. Most people were still in bed.
It struck with great destructive power. The Islamic Republic News Agency said the force of the quake was 6.3, but the U.S. Geological Survey said its magnitude was 6.5. Throughout the day aftershocks rattled the region, including one that measured 5.3.