Earthquake Researchers Prepare for the Next Big One

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Science  24 Nov 2000:
Vol. 290, Issue 5496, pp. 1486
DOI: 10.1126/science.290.5496.1486

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TEHRAN-- When a devastating earthquake rocked the Manjil region in Iran on 20 June 1990, the tremors also shook seismology research in that country. That night, Mohsen Ghafory-Ashtiany rolled out of his bed in Tehran and headed to the danger zone in northwestern Iran, where 13,000 persons perished and 60,000 were injured. He and his then-tiny staff surveyed the damage and mapped out a plan for bolstering earthquake research and preparedness.