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Historical, Archaeological Records Suggest Izeh Is Quake Prone


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Islamic Period

 10 January 2004



Archaeological studies and a review of historical documents suggest that Izeh in Khuzestan has always been a quake prone area over the course of history. As a result, part of its civilization was devastated by repeated temblors, experts say.

Head of the Izeh research center Jafar Mehr Kian said a considerable part of the town was destroyed in the Timurid period in the wake of a strong earthquake.

“Archeological studies in Taq Tavileh, a magnificent monument of the Ilkhanid and Timurid, provide significant evidence regarding the quake that had struck the area,” Mehr Kian noted.

A spate of medium earthquakes have been shaking the area in southwestern Iran over the last couple of days, causing panic among the residents and forcing a shutdown of schools and other services.

This comes less than two weeks after a killer earthquake in Bam in southeastern Iran leveled the town as well as its historical citadel, killing tens of thousands of people.

Mehr Kian called on local executive bodies to take into account anti-earthquake measures while carrying out major development projects.

The town of Izeh used to be called Ayapir. It is known for its large number of reliefs as the town of rock.



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