A powerful earthquake that hit south-east Iran december 26th 2003 had its epicentre near the ancient city of Bam. The earthquake has left at least 4000 10000 20000 50000 people dead, and tens of thousands were injured.

But hey, since a couple of dead Americans seem more important for the media than thousands of buried Iranians, this news probably will soon fade away.

The historic city of Bam, about 1,000 kilometres south-east of the capital Tehran, suffered most. An important regional centre in the 16th and 17th centuries, the city contained many ancient buildings not built to withstand earthquakes. Its 2,000-year-old mud-brick citadel is reported to have been severely damaged. (Source: BBC)

Last year I visited this weird and intriguing place, which may be is completely destroyed.

CITADEL OF BAM, IRAN, SEPTEMBER 2002
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