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Subject: Iranian earthquakes the result of a nuclear weapons test
smitty237    11/1/2008 10:48:36 PM
Will this force Israel's hand? If Obama wins the US Presidency will Israel have to make their move before his inauguration in January?
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smitty237    Israel Insider article   11/1/2008 10:50:36 PM

Iranian source: "Quake" Saturday was nuclear bomb test*p1NfG9OKLdp7nfplilGOL7-BK0ESlgcr54t0pBS3IfWHJy-T88LIz9OAFu68pDmEwfzt/mapoftest.jpg" alt="" />Israel Insider exclusively reports that a seismic event this weekend in southern Iran may in fact have been a massive underground nuclear bomb test. According to the USGS, the tremor measuring 5.0 on the Richter scale took place Saturday night, October 25 just before midnight Iran time, with its epicenter at 26.70°N, 55.02°E, just north of the strategic straits of Hormuz, opposite Abu Dhabi.
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The claim that the tremor was in fact a nuclear test came from an Iranian nuclear scientist who claims to be working in uranium enrichment for the project. A report published by Israel Insider on Friday, October 24 included a captionless map that portrayed the area of the seismic event that occurred the following night, based on location information previously provided by the Iranian source.

Israel Insider's source reports that the test is in fact the second in a series. A 4.8 Richter scale event occurred on October 21 with an epicenter (26.70N, 54.96E) within 5 km (3 miles) of the October 25 tremor.

Israeli and foreign sources have long speculated that Iran has been in possession of ready nuclear bombs but would only begin testing them when a full production line for nuclear weapons is in place.

The source indicated that Iran is being assisted by China and North Korea. Israel Insider's Iranian source reports that two "nuclear rockets" have been completed and are intended for use against the Jewish State in the coming months.

The site of the test and the development facility are believed to be in close proximity. The location appears to have been carefully selected. The area is exposed to significant seismic activity, which could serve to mask nuclear tests, although the recent spike in activity in that specific area significantly deviates from historical trends. A tremor measuring 6.2 struck the area on September 10, 2008 (its epicenter was 80km or 50 miles due west), the largest seismic event in the area in more than 33 years.*Wgcoe0PrhKdUcKHQO2OzobRT3nFzWACVkgMZ7*14aSnIDEgtkwfatSSejUvUOsjHksn06QD6Y-AtQ8q1h*fyEo/USGSdata.jpg" width="494" />
Source and additional data:USGS

The location on the Persian Gulf near the straits of Hormuz would also facilitate delivery and transport of material and personnel. the strategic importance of the immediate area may also be intended to deter potential strikes against the facilities, which could close down the flow of a substantial percentage of the world's oil.

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FJV    Nope   11/2/2008 9:00:46 AM
Up until now our seismologists have been able to tell an earthquake from a nuclear explosion with near 100% accuracy, the North Korean explosion being a question mark. The one exception being something detected of the coast of South Africa which is linked to the Israeli nuke program. However this was not exactly an underground nuclear test, with an earthquake effect.
"A flash over the Indian Ocean detected by an American satellite in September 1979 was suspected of being a nuclear test, possibly conducted by either Israel or South Africa, alone or in combination. the Carter administration assembled a panel of scientists from academia to review the data. After their review, the panel concluded that, lacking independent collaborative data to support a nuclear origin of the signals, the original interpretation of the satellite data could not be justified. The panel said the flash could have been caused by a combination of natural events, specifically a micrometeorite impact on the detector sunshade, followed by small particles ejected as a result of the impact."

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