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Quake Said to Have Destroyed Historical Bam Citadel in Iran


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Cultural Disaster

 26 December 2003


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What is left of the 2,000-year-old citadel

which is considered the world's largest mud fortress.


A strong earthquake that shook parts of the Kerman province in southeastern Iran early Friday is said to have all but destroyed the historical Bam citadel.

The structure built in the Sassanid period was among the largest mud structures in the world, visited by a great number of tourists.

The Kerman Governor General Mohammad Ali Karimi said the quake, measuring 6.3 on the open ended Richter scale, destroyed more than 60 percent of the residential areas in the town of Bam, a city of 80,000 people, including its historical areas.

Phone communications with the area has been lost as a result of the devastation and there is little for certain as to the fate of the historical buildings in the affected area.

The U.S. Geological Survey reported the quake had a preliminary magnitude of 6.7, capable of causing severe damage, and hit at 5:27 a.m. local time.

Still, unconfirmed reports say the bam citadel has been reduced to ruins.




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