STORIES ABOUT THE 1968 KHORASAN EARTHQUAKE

The Khorasan earthquake of August 31-September 1, 1968, had an epicenter in Dasht-e-Biaz, a smaller village south of Gonabad, Khorasan Province. The death toll from the quake, which occurred in the mid-afternoon, approximated 15,000, with most of the casualties in Kakhk, 20 km south of Gonabad (population then approximately 5000).

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Cris Klein, Tom Nelson, John Holehan, and Bob Greenberg were Peace Corps Volunteers who assisted with the relief efforts.  Tagi Sagafi-nejad grew up in one of the damaged villages and had just arrived in the U.S. to begin graduate studies when the earthquake hit.  Winifred Ellenchild Pinch was a nurse at the Presbyterian hospital in Mashhad.  Read their stories by clicking here.