Northern Iran Earthquake, Apr 1935


Thousands Are Hurt and Panic
Is Widespread as Continuing
Tremors Hinder Rescues


Fear of Floods Adds to the
Terror of Victims—Work
of Relief Continues

TEHERAN, Iran, April 23 — A
series of earth shocks that have
been rocking the northern part of
Iran [formerly Persia] since April
12 continued tonight after having
killed an undetermined number of
persons and done damage as yet
Reports from Mazanderan Province
said that 483 persons had died
in that division alone. Lack of
communication facilities prevented
any accurate survey of the devastated
[Dispatches from Teheran published
in Paris said that 600 persons
were killed and thousands
injured in the quakes, which
destroyed the towns of Dodangueh,
Tchadangueh and Lezardjarib
and caused widespread
panic. The Paris advices said that
the quakes, continuing, were impeding
rescue efforts, rocking
buildings as rescuers penetrated
them in search of victims.]
The press of Iran reported that
the heaviest damage had been done
at Suleda, where many buildings
were destroyed and most of the populace
was left homeless. Quakes
felt there were both violent and of
exceptionally long duration, these
reports said.
Tremors were felt at Amul, Banbul
and Khori. A textile plant at
Zibav was destroyed.
The Under-Secretary of Domestic
Affairs has left Teheran to take
charge of relief activities.

Floods Feared In Formosa.

TAIHOKU, Formosa, April 23.
— Agencies of mercy were still taxed
to the limit today in rushing supplies
of food, water and medical
necessities to the distant sections
of Formosa, where survivors of
Sunday's earthquake were in sore
While the scarcity of water in one
part of the island created terror
among the populace, people in another
section were imperiled by
flood possibilities.
Tropical heat brought suffering
to many •whose homes were destroyed
in the series of shocks that
cost at least 3,152 lives and left
more than 10,000 injured. Pipe lines
lay in ruins and reservoir -waters
were poured to waste by the quakes.
Hasty repairs of railway lines enabled
relief workers and physicians
to get to the interior.
Surveys showed that approximately
2,000 square miles inhabited
by 250,000 persons had been lain
•waste. A few minor shocks today
terrified the people, but none
caused damage.
The Tansu River was close to the
flood stage. Heavy tropical rains
have been falling in recent weeks.
The Japanese destroyer Shimakaze
reached Byoritsu with a cargo
of supplies.

April 24, 1935 edition of The New York Times