Space Imaging’s IKONOS Satellite Captures Devastating Impact of the Bam, Iran Earthquake

By Directions Staff


Dec.29, 2003 - This one-meter resolution satellite image of Bam, Iran was taken by Space Imaging's IKONOS satellite on Dec.27, 2003, just one day after a catastrophic earthquake struck the historic city. The image shows widespread destruction as a result of the 6.7 magnitude earthquake that leveled 70 percent of the buildings according to news reports.

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Clearly seen in the center of the image is the 2,000-year-old citadel (See at right), considered the world's largest mud fortress.According to news reports, much of the medieval fortress crumbled like a sand castle when the quake hit.  The citadel was a popular tourist attraction and is on the register of the U.N.Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and has been a World Heritage site.

Bam is located about 1,000 km (620 miles) southeast of Tehran.

Download the full resolution image here.


Published Tuesday, December 30th, 2003

Written by Directions Staff

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