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The historic Iranian city of Bam has been rocked by 29 significant aftershocks in the week since it was almost levelled by a major earthquake ... all measured 3.0 or more on the Richter scale.
The aftershocks have merely added to the massive damage already sustained by the ancient fortress city.
Poor design, primitive materials and widely ignored building codes were prime causes of the high death rate in the Bam earthquake, Iranian officials and foreign experts said on Tuesday.
The type of construction is totally different. There are building codes here but they are not followed. The laws are there, but only in theory. No one pays any attention. No authorities control construction.
President Mohammad Khatami said there would be an inquiry and anyone who had violated state codes would be punished. Two hospitals, a prison and other state buildings collapsed or were badly damaged.