1968 Dasht-e-Bayaz (Iran) Earthquake Archive:

1968 8/31 10:47 UTC  34.03N  58.96E  11km           Mw=7.2, Dasht-e-Bayaz, Iran

The death toll of this earthquake was about 15,000.  It was named "The Great Dasht-e- Bayaz Earthquake" by the Institute of Geophysics, Tehran University.

We urge scientists and engineers who have studied this earthquake to contribute their materials for this archive. 
Please contact William H. K. Lee at: lee@usgs.gov (office), or whklee@ix.netcom.com (home).

Contributors: Charles R. Hutt, William H. K. Lee.

1.Seismograms of the 1968 Dasht-e-Bayaz (Iran) Earthquake:     Selected WWSSN seismograms from this earthquake were scanned as part of the ICSU Scanning Project.
Please note that the largest aftershock appears in some of the seismograms:      1968 9/01 07:27 UTC  34.07N  58.21E  Ms=6.3  

link to compressed tif file directory (.gz format)

2. References:

Afshar, H. K. (?). “Report on the Great Dasht-e-Bayaz Earthquake of Aug. 31st and Sep. 1st 1968”, Pub. No. 46, The Institute of Geophysics, Tehran University, Tehran University Press, 117 pp. and figures, photos, seismograms, and maps. Ambraseys, N. N., and

Melville, C. P. (1982). “A History of Persian Earthquakes.”, Cambridge Univ. Press, 219 pp.

Ambraseys, N. N., Anderson, G., Bubnov, S., Crampin, S., Shahidi, M., Tassios, T.P., and Tchalenko, J. S. (1969). “Dasht-e-Bayaz Earthquake of 31 August 1968”, Serial No. 1214/BMS.RD/SCE, UNESCO, Paris, May 1969.

Ambraseys, N. N., and Moinfar, A. A. (1977). “Iran Earthquakes 1968”, Pub. No. 69, Technical Research & Standards Bureau, Plan and Budget Organization, Tehran, Iran, 20 pp.

Brown, R. D. (1969). “Geologic Appraisal of the 1968 Earthquakes, Khorassan Province, Iran”, Project Report Iran Investigations (IR) IR-3, U. S. Geological Survey, 52 pp.

Moinfar, A. A. (1969). “ Dasht-e-Bayaz  amd Ferdpws Earthquakes: An Engineering study of the Khorassan (Iran) earthquakes of August 31, and September 1st 1968”, Pub. No. 21, Technical Research & Standards Bureau, Plan and Budget Organization, Tehran, Iran.


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