The Salina Journal from Salina, Kansas on May 11, 1997 · Page 10
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_?.y NDAY, MAY 11, 1997 T IRANIAN EARTHQUAKE NEWS THE SALINA JOURNAL 1,000 die in Iranian earthquake 200 villages devastated; medical teams sought to help 5,000 injured By The Associated Press QAEN, Iran — A powerful earthquake devastated 200 villages Saturday in the remote mountains of northeastern Iran, killing at least 1,000 people and injuring 5,000. Survivors frantically pulled victims from collapsed buildings and rushed them to makeshift emergency centers. Iran appealed for international aid for the stricken villages and towns, many of them cut off by landslides triggered by the quake. Iranian volunteers hurried to the region to help dig out the dead and injured, state-run radio said. The earthquake struck at 12:28 p.m. with a moment magnitude of 7.1, according to the U.S. Geologi- T MOTHER'S DAY cal Survey in Golden, Colo. It was centered 65 miles north-northeast of Birjand, near the town of Qaen, about 70 miles west of the Afghan border. Most of the damage occurred in the 60-mile stretch between Bir- jand and Qaen, a region dotted by poor villages and mud huts. The official Islamic Republic News Agency said there was considerable damage in Afghanistan but gave no other details. "I was outside when I heard the mountain roar like a dragon, and suddenly the air became dark as night from the thick cloud of dust," said one survivor, Gholamreza Nowrouz-Zadeh. More than 100 children, including all six of his grandchildren, were killed when the schoolhouse collapsed in his village of Ar- dakul, about 60 miles east of Qaen, he said crying. "Three of them were pulled out Computer glitches fixed; moms get their flowers By The Associated Press CHICAGO — Computer glitches at FTD were nipped in the bud, and moms across the country should have a rosy Mother's Day, FTD's pz-esident said Saturday. Independent florists around the country reported last week that Florists' Transworld Delivery's problems had taken the bloom off the biggest week for the flower industry. But Bob Norton, president of the flowers-by-wire service, characterized the problem as minor, saying power was down for about five hours last week. "Not one order was lost from the outage," he said. "We processed over a half-million orders Friday. We are having a record week." FTD continued taking Mother's Day orders Saturday, he said. It couldn't guarantee those orders would be filled today, he said, "but most orders will get there. We are in better shape than we have ever been to deliver on Mother's Day." FTD, based in the Chicago suburb of Downers Grove, has been the leading flowers-by-wire service since it was founded in 1910. It relies on a worldwide network of more than 20,000 florists to fill its orders. 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