IRAN: Earthly Terror

Once a conical chimney of belching fire and fury, the great peak of Iran's Mt. Demavend, towering 18,600 ft. high in the Elburz range north of Teheran, has long reigned in quiet white dignity. But hidden deep beneath Demavend's base, primeval subterranean fires still rage. In a few minutes, one day last week, in a gargantuan effort to adjust to the fury deep within the earth, a vast arc of the earth's crust, curving out some 250 miles on either side of Mt. Demavend, shuddered and heaved in a mighty earthquake that laid waste more than 100 Iranian villages in...

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