1990 Manjil–Rudbar earthquake

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1990 Manjil-Rudbar earthquake
Collapse of Unreinforced Masonry Buildings, Iran (Persia) - 1990 Manjil Roudbar Earthquake.jpg
Collapsed buildings after the earthquake
1990 Manjil–Rudbar earthquake is located in Iran
1990 Manjil–Rudbar earthquake
Date June 21, 1990 (1990-06-21)
Magnitude 7.4 Mw[1]
Depth 19 Kilometers
Epicenter 36°57′25″N 49°24′32″E / 36.957°N 49.409°E / 36.957; 49.409
Type Strike-slip
Areas affected Iran
Casualties Up to 50,000 dead[2]

The Manjil-Rudbar earthquake occurred on June 21 at 00:30:09. It caused widespread damage in areas within a one hundred kilometer radius of the epicenter near the city of Rasht and about two hundred kilometers northwest of Tehran. The cities of Rudbar, Manjil, and Lushan and 700 villages were destroyed, and over three hundred villages were affected. There was $200,000,000 in damage in Gilan and Zanjan provinces southwest of the Caspian Sea.[citation needed]

One hundred thousand adobe houses sustained major damage or collapsed resulting in forty thousand fatalities, and sixty thousand injured. 500,000 people were left homeless.

After Iranian film director Abbas Kiarostami found out about the death of a boy who had acted in his film Where Is the Friend's Home?, he was led to make a film about humanity and catastrophe called And Life Goes On.


  1. ^ Magnitude 7 and Greater Earthquakes in 1990. USGS. Retrieved 18 August 2014.
  2. ^ Earthquake Information by Year. USGS (archive). Retrieved 18 August 2014.