Were Iranian earthquakes caused by a covert nuclear test?

The devastating earthquakes (Bam and Zarand) that caused severe damages to valuable human lives and properties in Iran may have been caused by a covert nuclear explosion. According to leading international scientists, earthquakes and nuclear tests are two sides of the same coin and a covert underground nuclear explosion could trigger a powerful earthquake like the one in Bam and Zarand in Iran.

The largest earthquake in the 20th century took place in Tanshan, North East China on July 27, 1976 reaching 8.2 points on the Richter scale causing tragic death of 800,000 people.  This Chinese quake occurred five days after the French nuclear bomb test in Mururao atoll in the Pacific. Four days before the Chinese quake, the US also tested a nuclear bomb.  In October 1993, China exploded a nuclear devise at Lop Nor range in the western Xingjiang province - an explosion caused by 80 kilotons explosives was detected by monitoring stations all over the world. A few days later a powerful earthquake of 6.6 hit the test area.  Similar quakes were experienced in Iranís Gilan province.

Various studies by British, American, German, Japanese and Canadian scientists have warned that nuclear tests are weakening the Earthís crust, triggering earthquakes and causing the poles to shift.  Within a microsecond of an underground nuclear test, billions of atoms involved in the explosion release enormous amount of energy, pressure inside the exploding device reach several thousand kilometers and temperatures as high as 100 million degrees. 

According to New Scientist British and German geophysics believed that the 1978 earthquake in Tabas, Iran, which killed more than 25,000 people, was likely to be triggered by an underground nuclear explosion. British seismologists believed that the quake in Iran was in fact a nuclear test gone awry. A Sweedish seismic laborotary at Uppasala recorded a Soviet Nuclear test  of ten megatons at Semipalitsk just 36 hours before the earthquake. Garry T. Whiteford, Geography Professior, University of Brunswick, Canada studied the occurrence of nuclear tests and earthquakes in a detailed manner.  He studied all the major earthquakes measuring over 5.8 on the Richter scale and compared earthquake rate in the first half of the century before nuclear testing with that for 1950-1988. While 68 large earthquakes of 5.8 occurred before nuclear tests began, the rate went up to 127 per year due to nuclear explosions.

 The geographic clustering patterns in the data, with a clustering of specific test dates and sites revealed that it was a very dangerous coincidence. A study of killer earthquakes that killed more than 1,000 people died since 1953 by Whiteford also revealed that about 62.5 per cent of those earthquakes occurred a few days after a nuclear test. Many struck only a day after a detonation. Estimates show that more than a million people must have been died in earthquakes related to nuclear tests. Cumulative effect of nuclear tests can move the earthís tectonic plates in a manner similar to how a swarm of insects might start an elephant running. 

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