The 2002 Bou'in-Zahra earthquake occurred on June 22, 2002, in a region
of northwestern Iran which is crossed by several major fault lines. The
earthquake's epicenter was near the settlement of Bou'in-Zahra in
Qazvin Province, an area known for destructive earthquakes. Measuring
6.5 on the Richter scale and 6.3 on the moment magnitude scale, the
earthquake killed at least 261 people and injured 1,500 more. Over 20
aftershocks followed the earthquake. According to the International
Institute of Earthquake Engineering and Seismology (IIEES), the
earthquake was felt as far away as the capital city of Tehran,
approximately 290 kilometres (180 mi) east of the epicenter, although
no damage was reported there. Most houses in the region were
single-story masonry buildings, and virtually all of these collapsed.
The public became angry due to the slow official response to victims
who needed supplies. (more...)
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preventing them from taking the harbour of Grand Port on Île de France.
Over sixty nations signed the Kellogg–Briand Pact, renouncing war as an
instrument of national policy.
The Nigerian government of Muhammadu Buhari was overthrown by Ibrahim
The Burmese military junta and ethnic armies began three days of
violent clashes in the Kokang Special Region.
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