Archiv für den Tag 9. April 2013

Erdbeben mit Stärke 6,1 in der Nähe des AKW Busher, Iran / Iranian Nuclear Plant Is Safe After Earthquake, TV Says

Um 16:22 Ortszeit bebte im Südiran die Erde und was mindestens 32 Todesopfer sowie über 850 Verletzte verursachte (Angaben von 20 Uhr heute Abend). Das Epizentrum lag in der Nähe der Stadt Kaki, knapp 90 km vom Atomkraftwerk Busher entfernt.

Erdbeben mit Stärke 6,1 am 9.4.2013 in der Nähe des AKW Busher

Kaki ist eine Stadt mit etwa 12.000 Einwohner und befindet sich im Kreis Dashti. Über 38 Minuten hinweg gab es sieben Erdstöße, darunter der genannte mit Stärke 6,1 und ein weiterer mit Stärke 5,4. Letzteres Beben kam 13 Minuten nach dem Hauptbeben. Laut US-Angaben hatte das stärkste Beben die Stärke 6,3.

Laut Nachrichtenagentur MEHR ist die Telefonverbindung in das Erdbebengebiet unterbrochen, so dass Informationen nur nach und nach an die Öffentlichkeit dringen. Trotzdem weiß man schon jetzt, dass einige Dörfer der Region teilweise, manche überwiegend und einige total zerstört wurden. Eines der Dörfer, die zu 100% zerstört wurden, heißt Baghan.

Der iranische Staat gab zwar bekannt, dass das Atomkraftwerk Busher nicht beschädigt sei. Dennoch flohen offensichtlich Menschen aus der unmittelbaren Nähe des AKW.

Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant is safe after a 6.1 earthquake struck near the facility today, state-run Press TV reported.

Employees at the plant felt the tremors, a correspondent for the news channel said. At least 30 people died and another 600 were injured when the quake hit the town of Kaki, near Bushehr, the channel said. The 6.3 magnitude event struck 55 miles southeast of Bushehr port, the U.S. Geological Survey reported on its website.

The reactor building is seen at the Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran, 1200 Kms south of Tehran. Photographer: Majid Asgaripour/AFP via Getty Images

The Bushehr plant can withstand a 9 magnitude earthquake, state-run Ria Novosti news service reported, citing an unidentified official in a company that designed the nuclear power plant, Iran’s first. Radiation levels at the facility are normal, state nuclear company Rosatom Corp. said, citing its staff in Iran.

While Iran isn’t member to the Convention on Nuclear Safety, which subjects nuclear power operators to peer review by other IAEA states, it does have obligations to report accidents. The country ratified the Convention on Early Notification of a Nuclear Accident in 2000 that “requires States to report the accident’s time, location, radiation releases, and other data essential for assessing the situation.”

Mahmoud Jafari, a project manager for the plant, said the quake “didn’t create any complications,” according to the official Islamic Republic News Agency.

Vollständiger Artikel

Quelle: by didarsabz/Bloomberg

An Iranian Blogger’s Hunger Strike in Question

Mehdi Khazali

Mehdi Khazali source:

350 Iranian bloggers, political and civil society activists co-signed a letter last week warning that the life of publisher, physicist and blogger, Mehdi Khazali is in grave danger after he has been on hunger strike for more than 90 days.

But while some bloggers warn that Mehdi Khazali’s life is danger, there are also those who question whether he is really on hunger strike.

Khazali is the son of a leading right-wing cleric and former Counsel of Guardians member, Ayatollah Khazali. He was arrested together with several participants of a writer’s association called Saraye Ghalam.

Iranian blogger Freedomseeker [fa] explains the rumours:

… one of main reasons that people do not believe in Khazali’s hunger strike is that more than a year ago, it was announced that he had been on hunger strike for 67 days. Shortly after he was released by order of Ayatholah Ali Khamenei, the Islamic Republic’s Leader, Khazali started his weekly mountain hiking and urged people to take part in parliamentary elections. In the photos published from his mountain hiking, there was no visible sign of a long hunger strike and he appeared in good shape… His past activities with the regime made some people suspect the regime is in the process of creating fake opposition.

Not everyone shares this belief. An online petition calls for the immediate and unconditional release of Mehdi Khazali:

Mehdi Khazali renews hunger strike. Mehdi Khazali, a jailed Iranian physician and blogger, has begun his sixth round of a hunger strike in Evin Prison. Mehdi Khazali was last arrested in November of 2012 after security forces attacked a writer’s gathering. Kaleme reports that Khazali had broken his earlier strike when prison authorities promised to meet his demands. However, a lack of commitment to those promises and the persistent “illegal treatment of prisoners by the interrogators and judiciary officials” have led Khazali into another hunger strike.

Irane Azad writes[fa] that the same people who make fun of  Mehdi Khazali’s hunger strike, if he dies tomorrow, will call him martyr. These people boycotted the presidential election in 2009 but after the Green Movement [protest movement] erupted, they became supporters on the frontline.

Meanwhile, blogger 666Sabz warns[fa],”People! A person is dying in prison.”

Source: GlobalVoices


%d Bloggern gefällt das: