Deadly Earthquake Hits Under Sleeping Volcano Near Tehran, Iran – Panicked Residents Spill Into the Streets

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A 5.1 magnitude earthquake hit close to a sleeping volcano in northern Iran.

Panicked residents in and around Tehran rush onto the streets despite lockdown.

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M5.1 earthquake hits near Damavand volcano near Tehran, Iran on May 8, 2020. Picture: Youtube video

The very shallow quake (7km or 4.3 miles), downgraded from M5.1 to M4.6 sent ripples across Iran’s north shortly after midnight local time on Friday.

It struck north of the city of Damavand, very close to Mount Damavand, the second-highest volcano in Asia.

The dormant volcano sits some 70 km (43 mi) north-east of the Iranian capital Tehran, where locals reported moderate to severe shaking from the Friday morning tremor.

Photos and videos have emerged on social media showing residents flooding the streets in the aftermath of the quake.

Iranian emergency services said that at least two people died and 13 were injured in the ensuing chaos.

Several stadiums and city parks were reportedly prepared to temporarily shelter people that abruptly left their homes.

Is Davamand waking up?

The proximity of Mount Davamand to the epicenter of the quake has sparked fears that the volcano, with its last major eruption being some 7,300 year ago, could wake up from its extended sleep.

Although the volcano is considered dormant, fumaroles have been occasionally spotted around its summit, suggesting that Davamand is potentially active.

In 2018, a team of volcanologists predicted that Mount Davamand was a potential candidate for a cataclysmic volcanic eruption designated as a ‘VEI-7’ level event that takes place once or twice every thousand years.

But we are unprepared for the next eruption:

The researchers warned the world was completely unprepared for the scale of damage such an eruption can cause, including unprecedented amounts of death, destruction and migration on a global scale. [RT]

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15 COMMENTS

  1. People worried at night about the worst earthquake in the morning; Tehran earthquake, at least two dead, 33 injured and dozens of aftershocks

    A group of people in Tehran, Damavand, Rey, Shemiranat and other areas of Tehran province, as well as in Karaj and areas of Alborz province, following the 1.5 magnitude earthquake and worrying about the earthquake with more intensity, previous advice on staying at home to prevent the outbreak. And they left Corona and spent the night from midnight Thursday to Friday morning outside their homes, often in cars, squares and streets and parks.

    A 1.5 magnitude earthquake in Tehran with a magnitude of 2.9 and 34 aftershocks left at least two people dead by Friday morning, May 6, according to officials. Two people were killed in the quake; a 60-year-old man in Gilavand died in an accident while fleeing at the time of the quake, and a 21-year-old woman in western Tehran suffered a cardiac arrest while fleeing at the time of the quake. And lost his life.

    However, Ismail Najjar, head of the Crisis Management Organization, told IRNA on Friday that a 60-year-old man had died in an earthquake in the Damavand and Tehran districts on Friday morning and on the outskirts of some cities along the fault line. And 33 people were injured and taken to hospital.

    The concurrence of the quake coincided with the outbreak of the corona virus, raising public concerns that put Corona’s worries outside the home and the fear of a more severe earthquake. That’s why the head of the country’s Crisis Management Organization said about the presence of people in the streets, squares and parks due to the concerns after the earthquake, “We do not recommend people to return to their homes but to observe social distance.”

    In the first hours after the quake, crowds and long queues formed in front of the gas stations, but officials at the Ministry of Petroleum said they were supplying gas to the stations.

    At the same time, the head of the Damavand Red Crescent said, “The people of Damavand must spend the next few hours in the open air with a few blankets and warm clothes, and refrain from being in roofed places at the moment.”

    According to officials, there have been several reports of landslides on the northern roads of Tehran province, as well as cases of cracking down on homes and houses due to the quake, but no damage was reported until Friday morning.

    A spokesman for the country’s crisis management organization said that as of 8:30 a.m. Friday, about 34 aftershocks with a magnitude of 9.3 had occurred. He emphasized that the 1.5 magnitude earthquake in Tehran province was one of the shallowest earthquakes and that is why it was felt in different cities. Its readiness is still maintained, but the situation is normal.

    At the same time, Hamid Reza Khaledi, spokesman for the country’s emergency services, said that two people were injured in the quake in Gilavand, one in Abali, one in Tehran, one in Shemiranat and three in Alborz province, and Pir Hossein Kolyvand, head of the country’s emergency services. Two people confirmed the quake, but the 1.5-magnitude quake in the early hours of Friday morning in Tehran did not directly kill or injure anyone and no one was left in the rubble.

    During the quake, the Ministry of Sports and Youth announced that the entrances to sports venues and sports complexes affiliated with the ministry, including Azadi, Enghelab, Shiroodi, Keshvari, Takhti, Hydernia and other stadiums in Tehran, would be closed to the public. The house is open.

    The deputy director of research at the International Institute of Seismology and Earthquake Engineering said minutes after the quake that the quake had nothing to do with Damavand’s volcanic activity.

    Hours after the quake, Hamid Reza Nankeli, head of the Geodetic Survey Department of the National Mapping Organization, stressed that the Mosha earthquake had caused the quake. He said that the 200 km long Masha fault extends from Firoozkooh to the north of Tehran and Karaj, and that the Tehran earthquake was due to the movement of this fault.

    Mehdi Zare, a professor at the Seismological Research Institute, said an hour after the quake: “We can’t say for sure whether the 1.5 magnitude earthquake is the main earthquake or the per-earthquake one. We can’t say that nothing bigger will happen.” He stressed that “in 1830 there was an earthquake with a magnitude of 7 on the Masha fault and there is always the possibility of an earthquake of more than 7 magnitude” on this fault, a fault on which part of Tehran and Karaj is located.
    As i told you my predictions we will quakes places never thought of it. This quake with massive shaking is like time bomb.
    8.0 plus is coming to Tehran and the volcano will erupt some times in near future. We also keep monitoring all world plus strange sounds.
    Disclaimer is always apply not necessary is my views or views of strange sounds. I am just messenger as journalist. Full moon
    May 7 2020 will bring quakes and floods and destruction of planet till June 04 2020.
    International Journalist Vancouver

  2. Iran threatens ‘crushing response’ to US nuclear sanctions sparking fresh WW3 fears
    Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani used a defiant speech to demand compensation for US President Donald Trump’s “stupid mistake” of pulling out of the nuclear deal and slapping harsh sanctions on Tehran
    Iran has sparked fresh World War 3 fears by threatening a “crushing response” if US President Donald Trump refuses to lift its sanctions.
    Iranian leader Hassan Rouhani said Trump made a “stupid mistake” in pulling out of the nuclear deal.
    In a threatening speech, he demanded compensation for economic damage caused by the arms embargo and vowed to retaliate if it was not lifted later this week.
    He raged: “If America wants to return to the deal, it should lift all the sanctions on Tehran and compensate for the reimposition of sanctions.
    “Iran’s nuclear steps are reversible if other parties to the deal fulfil their obligations and preserve Tehran’s interests under the pact.
    “Iran will give a crushing response if the arms embargo on Tehran is extended.”
    Relations between Tehran and Washington have been on the brink over its collapsing nuclear deal and after a US drone strike killed General Qasem Soleimani in January.
    In retaliation, Iran launched missiles at US-led forces in Iraq for the US drone strike that killed Soleimani.
    Iran is feared to have nuclear missiles capable of reaching the US (Image: X80001)
    Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei said the missile attack was a “slap on the face” of the US and troops should leave the region.
    He was addressing a gathering of Iranians who chanted “Death to America”.
    We chant Death to Terrorist Regime of Iran that illegally occupied IRAN. Death to Khamanie and all his army.

  3. A large earthquake of magnitude 5.2 has struck Iran’s capital Tehran, according to state television.

    There were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

    The report said the quake hit just before 11.30pm Wednesday local time, Reuters reports.
    Read more

    Powerful 6.1 magnitude earthquake strikes Iran
    Boris Johnson had ‘worthwhile’ meetings with Iran over jailed mother

    The epicentre was at Meshkin Dasht in Alborz Province, 50 km west of Tehran, Tasnim news agency quoted Morteza Salimi, the head of Relief and Rescue Organization of Iran’s Red Crescent, as saying.

    The earthquake was also felt in the cities of Karaj, Qom, Qazvin and Arak according to state TV.

    “There have been no reports of casualties or damage,” Behnam Saeedi, a spokesman for Iran’s National Disaster Management Organization, was quoted as saying by the ILNA news agency.

    In parts of Tehran residents flooded into streets and parks, fearing a stronger aftershock.

    Flights into and out of Tehran Mehrabad Airport are unaffected, despite the earthquake, Aviation Iran said.
    It was 6.1 because of very shallow only 6 miles under ground.
    So far over 100 after shocks reported and is not end just begging of no end?

  4. AMY GOODMAN: This is Democracy Now!, democracynow.org, The Quarantine Report. I’m Amy Goodman in New York City, the epicenter of the pandemic. Joining me, my co-host Juan González, from his home in New Brunswick, New Jersey, the state with the second-highest number of reported infections, next to New York. Hi, Juan.

    JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Hi, Amy. And welcome to all of our listeners and viewers across the country and around the world.

    AMY GOODMAN: Well, as a new report indicates the coronavirus death toll could reach 3,000 deaths a day by June 1st — that’s a 9/11 every day — President Trump said Tuesday he’s winding down the coronavirus task force, claiming there’s been tremendous amount of progress in fighting the pandemic, which has already claimed more than 71,000 lives in the United States alone, with nearly 1.2 million confirmed cases.

    PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Thanks to the profound commitment of our citizens, we’ve flattened the curve, and countless American lives have been saved. Our country is now in the next stage of the battle: a very safe, phased and gradual reopening. It’s a reopening of our country. Who would have ever thought we were going to be saying that? A reopening. Reopening.

    AMY GOODMAN: President Trump made the remarks during a trip to Arizona, where he toured a Honeywell Aerospace plant that’s now producing N95 face masks. Trump wore safety glasses but no mask during the tour, ignoring a sign in the factory ordering everyone inside to wear a facial covering. A reporter asked him why he was winding down the task force now, despite an expected spike of deaths into the fall.

    PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP: Well, because we can’t keep our country closed for the next five years. You know, you could say there might be a recurrence, and there might be. And, you know, most doctors or some doctors say that it will happen. And it’ll be a flame, and we’re going to put the flame out. We’ve learned a lot. You know, we’ve learned a lot about the coronavirus. We’ve learned a lot about this hidden enemy. It’s a dangerous enemy. It’s a bad enemy. … And we’re saying that people that are over 60, 65, but over 60 — we’re even saying, sort of, “Stay back for a while. We recommend you staying back for a while.” At the same time, with young children and children, we’d like to see the schools open early next season and on time.

    AMY GOODMAN: Vice President Mike Pence said the task force is expected to disband by the end of May. This comes as the White House has blocked Dr. Anthony Fauci, the director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, the chief coronavirus doctor at the White House, from testifying in front of a House committee. The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington estimates there will be nearly 135,000 deaths in the U.S. by the beginning of August.

    Well, for more, we’re joined by Laurie Garrett, former senior fellow for global health at the Council on Foreign Relations, Pulitzer Prize-winning science writer, author of several books, including Ebola: Story of an Outbreak and The Coming Plague: Newly Emerging Diseases in a World Out of Balance, as well as Betrayal of Trust: The Collapse of Global Public Health.

    So, Laurie, if you can go through what is happening now? Just as the president insists on opening the country, he is disbanding the coronavirus task force, when you would think you would need it more than ever if you wanted to see any kind of successful, cautious opening?

    LAURIE GARRETT: Well, you just summarized it, Amy. I mean, I don’t know what I can add to that. We’re on the ascent. At least two different models, including one a government model, predict that we’re almost going to double the size of our death toll between now and the end of June. Yet the president has decided, you know, “Let’s roll up the tent, bring in the circus act. Come on, everybody.”

    JUAN GONZÁLEZ: Laurie, I wanted to ask you — the death toll. The United States has about 4% of the world’s population, yet it has, with all the money spent on healthcare in this country, 25% of — more than 25% of the deaths worldwide. And in recent days, it’s gone as high as one-third of all the deaths in the world are occurring right here in the U.S. from COVID-19.

    LAURIE GARRETT: Yeah.

    JUAN GONZÁLEZ: What’s your sense of the reason for that?

    LAURIE GARRETT: Well, it’s very obvious that we have a patchwork response. We don’t have a unified, national response to the virus. We don’t have any uniform standards, no guidances. The CDC is virtually mum, numbed and silenced. And we’re operating as if every local mayor, every local governor has equal capacity to make appropriate choices and decide how to best fight this disease. And that’s, of course, ludicrous.

    And so, you can drive from one county to another, from one state to another — completely different policies being executed. And they’re all competing. They’re competing to get their economies going. They’re competing to get masks. They’re competing to get PPEs, medicines, healthcare workers, ambulances, burial details. It’s insane. We’ve pitted each component of America against each other for resources, for policy, for response. And now the president has raised the stake and said, “And for your economy.” This Global Pandemic will last long MIN 36-48 Months any nation have vaccines including USA and Europe they first use for own citizens then later share it with world. So
    we are long away from Vaccine and we hope USA discover it 1st than China?

  5. Esmail Najjar, the chairman of Iran’s Crisis Management Organization says with all the earthquake preparation and equipment in Tehran, we are only 20 percent ready for severe earthquakes, and “we must pray that no earthquake occurs.”

    He emphasized that an earthquake with the magnitude of over 7 on the Richter scale in Tehran would not only be a national disaster but an international disaster as well.

    Najjar added that with such an earthquake in Tehran, two million people will be affected directly.

    In the past, government officials and experts have repeatedly warned about the possibility of a severe earthquake in Tehran and the possibility of the loss of hundreds of thousands to a few million lives.

    The recent earthquake on Friday in Tehran with 5.1 magnitude on the Richter scale has had 30 aftershocks so far and has once again brought up the possibility of a disaster in Tehran in case of a severe earthquake.

    Najjar also stated that many tall buildings have been built on top of two fault lines in northern Tehran without any attention to their condition or following safety measures, and if these fault lines become active, there will be a complicated crisis.

    Several of Tehran’s skyscrapers have been built on fault lines, including the Milad tower.

    Iran Terrorist Regime give away wealth for Iranian to Hamass and many other terrorist organizations. So that is why when 8 plus quake hit IRAN then only have 20 percent capacities .
    Terrorist GOV of IRAN will soon be removed is cancer in the middle east. NUKE IRAN NOW

  6. A powerful underwater magnitude 6.9 earthquake struck Indonesia yesterday: It was the second major quake of May after a magnitude 6.6 struck Greece earlier this week and the 40th of 2020
    Please read my predictions for May 7 2020 to June 4 2020?

  7. strangesounds please check globalincidentmap for more viruses and recently 3000 turkey in truck was catch H1n5 or bird flue had to kill them all in the truck. Also Dengue virus and many other plaques in USA. Corona is not only one harassing world?
    http://www.globalincidentmap.com

  8. M 4.5 – 17km SE of Ocotillo Wells, CA

    2020-05-10 22:07:40 (UTC)33.018°N 116.020°W10.2 km depth
    Is this prelude to a stronger quake? still had over 30 after shocks?

  9. Iranian Navy: 19 killed in the Konarak vessel incident

    The Iranian Navy released a statement about the incident in the Persian Gulf in which the Navy vessel “Konarak” was shot and sank by another Navy frigate “Jamaran” during a military exercise, announcing that 19 crew members were killed and 15 were injured in the incident.

    Konarak was reportedly tasked with placing targets within the firing zone. But when the cruise missile was fired, Konarak had not distanced itself enough from the designated target, so the missile locked on the vessel.

    There have also been images of injured crewmen being taken to a hospital in Chabahar.

    Jamaran, weighing 1200 tons with 90 meters length and 10 meters in widths and 140 personnel, is supposedly the first Iranian-made frigate that was delivered to Iran’s Navy in a ceremony attended by Ayatollah Khamenei, the leader of the Islamic Republic.

  10. Iran states it has imaging capabilities — actually it’s a tumbling webcam in space, unlikely providing intelligence,” so General Jay Raymond, chief of U.S. Space Command, belittles as non-threatening the first launch of a military satellite by Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps (IRGC), the world’s deadliest state-sponsored terrorist organization. (See “Pentagon Downplays Iran Military Satellite As ‘Tumbling Webcam'” AFP – April 27, 2020.)

    If U.S. Space Command will not take seriously that terrorists can now orbit a military satellite over the United States, that the IRGC is developing space weapons, then who will?

    Warning about possible threats from space weapons should be U.S. Space Command’s first priority.

    The IRGC’s Noor-1 (“Light-1”) satellite, orbited on April 22, is easy to mock, if you are a sunny optimist determined to “see no evil.”

    Noor-1 is tiny, having a volume of only a few liters and variously estimated as weighing only 5-14 kilograms (11-30 pounds)—too small for an effective “spy in the sky” or for much else militarily useful.

    Noor-1 is certainly too small for a nuclear weapon.

    But wait they already have other missiles that are capable of delivering EMP to USA. WAR WITH IRAN IS COMING SOONER THAN LATER? NUKE IRAN NOW? IRAN HAS 10
    ATOM BOMBS ALREADY?

  11. Revealed: US Prepares for Big One Mag 9.0 Earthquake That Will Hit – Five Times Speed of Sound – Video

    Scientists warns California! Get off the coast! M9 or greater is Imminent! Earth crustal shift, Cascadia Subduction Zone about to slip! Even the New Madrid has tripled in earthquake swarms! Prepare Now!!
    Many believe, that all these “movements” of awareness,and increasing over the past 5 years, is part of a larger problem. The government has been preparing with underground shelters.Moving strategic departments of the military, and intelligence out to Colorado. The Norway “Doomsday Seed Vault”.. And the elite bunkers built, all over the world.
    And why were there so many Apocalyptic movies released in the past 10 years?
    I have asked you all of Coast of Vancouver Canada BC to Sandiego find new place cities will be center of storms and go to places less tense and have ability to store foods and guns for safety without any one knows. When 9.0 plus hit do not blame me or any one just yourself. PREPARE PREPARE PREPARE?

  12. Pompeo in Israel: COVID-19 and Iran are our two critical threats

    As U.S Secretary of State Mike Pompeo arrived in Israel to discuss annexation of the West Bank to Israel and Iran’s threat, he tweeted: Glad to be in Israel to coordinate with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and Benny Gantz on countering two critical threats: COVID-19 and Iran. Israel and the United States will take on these challenges side-by-side.

    Pompeo went on to say that the campaign to “reduce the resources that the ayatollah has to inflict harm here in Israel and all across the world has “borne fruit, it has been successful, and we’re going to stay at it.”

    He added that the ayatollahs have been trying to initiate global terror while the people of Iran have been particularly hard-hit by the coronavirus: “It tells you about the soul of those people who lead that country.”

    After Meeting with Benny Gantz, Pompeo tweeted: U.S. commitment to Israel has never been stronger. Speaker of Knesset Benny Gantz and I discussed ways to strengthen U.S.-Israeli coordination in the fight against COVID-19 and our continued line of efforts to counter Iran’s dangerous activity in the region and around the world.

    Gantz thanked Pompeo for the United States’ steadfast support while it stands by Israel as both countries battle against global terrorism. “I’m looking forward to work with him and by his side to achieve peace, regional understandings, and ensure Israel’s security,”
    NUKE IRAN NOW.

  13. US State Department Report: Iran’s Assassinations and Terrorist Activity Abroad

    A recent fact sheet released by the U.S State Department on Friday, May 22, details the Islamic Republic regime of Iran’s many terrorist activities, assassinations, and threats abroad, including the threat to kidnap journalists of Iran International TV and forcibly take them to Iran.

    The report states that the regime uses its diplomats for assassination and terrorist activities:

    Multiple countries have issued arrest warrants for Iranian diplomats for the killings of dissidents and others perceived as threats to the Iranian regime and its ideology.
    Two Iranians who were assigned as diplomats at the time are among Iranian officials subject to INTERPOL Red Notices for the 1994 bombing of the AMIA community center in Argentina that killed 85 people.
    Mohsen Rabbani, the alleged mastermind of the bombing in Argentina, was the cultural attaché at the Iranian Embassy in Buenos Aires with support from Ahmad Reza Asghari, reportedly a member of the IRGC, who used a position as third secretary at the Iranian Embassy as cover.
    Since 2018, Asadollah Asadi, who had been assigned as an Iranian diplomat to Austria, remains in a Belgian prison awaiting trial based on evidence that he provided explosives to bomb a dissident rally in Paris, which could have killed scores of men, women, and children.
    In March 2020, senior Turkish officials accused Iranian diplomats of ordering and coordinating the killing of Masoud Molavi Vardanjani in November 2019.

    The fact sheet also mentions targeting of civil society by the regime, harassment of journalists, news agencies, and civil rights activists, including Iran International journalists:

    Besides targeting political dissidents, ethnic and religious minority leaders and activists, and foreign government officials for assassination, Iran has increasingly threatened Iranian civil society activists and journalists abroad.
    Iran leverages its well-earned reputation for extrajudicial killings to try to silence civil society through death threats against activists, dissidents, and journalists.
    In March, four UN Special Rapporteurs called on the Iranian government to cease death threats against BBC and other journalists working outside Iran for Farsi-language news outlets.
    Iran is also well known for misusing INTERPOL Red Notices to pursue political dissidents, as well as kidnapping dissidents to bring them back to Iran to face arbitrary detention, torture, and execution.
    Earlier this year, reports emerged that Iranian intelligence threatened to kidnap journalists of London-based Iran International TV and forcibly take them to Iran.

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