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Iran Orders 1.2 Million to Evacuate City Near Nuclear Site


January 10, 2013
Adam Kredo / The Free Beacon & WW4 Report & Bryan Jacoutot / Legal Insurrection.com

Iranian officials have instructed residents of Isfahan to leave the city, renewing concerns that a nearby nuclear site could be leaking radioactive material. An edict issued Wednesday by Iranian authorities orders Isfahan's one-and-a-half million people to leave the city "because pollution has now reached emergency levels," the BBC reported.

http://freebeacon.com/iran-to-citizens-flee-isfahan/

LINK ON IRAN'S POSSIBLE NUCLEAR ACCIDENT
Suspicious Observers / 2MINNews (January 3, 2013)




Iran to Citizens: Flee Isfahan
Adam Kredo / The Free Beacon & WW4 Report

(January 2, 2013) -- Iranian officials have instructed residents of Isfahan to leave the city, renewing concerns that a nearby nuclear site could be leaking radioactive material. An edict issued Wednesday by Iranian authorities orders Isfahan's one-and-a-half million people to leave the city "because pollution has now reached emergency levels," the BBC reported.

However, outside observers suspect that the evacuation order may corroborate previous reports indicating that a uranium enrichment facility near Isfahan had been leaking radioactive material.

Tehran went to great lengths in December to deny these reports, telling state-run media outlets that "the rumors about leaking and contamination at Isfahan's [Uranium Conversion Facility] are not true at all."

November reports indicated that a radioactive leak might have poisoned several workers at the nuclear plant, which converts highly toxic yellowcake uranium into material that could be used in the core of a nuclear weapon.

The head of Iran's emergency services agency said at the time that residents have no reason to worry about possible contamination resulting from a possible leak. Stories about the potential leak soon disappeared from state-run news websites, Trend reported in late November.

Iranian officials denied that a leak has occurred and blamed Western media outlets for creating "tumult" in the region. Wednesday's evacuation order is now fueling concerns that Iranian officials are trying to hide something, including further fallout from a possible radioactive leak.

"Pollution in Isfahan is a problem but in the past, Iranian authorities respond by closing schools and the government to keep people at home and let the pollution dissipate, not by evacuating people," said Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon adviser on Iran and Iraq who has written about Isfahan's battle against pollution.

"Mass evacuations suggest a far more serious problem," Rubin explained. "There are two possibilities here: There is a radiation leak and the regime is lying or there is really bad pollution and no one believes the regime's explanations." Rubin also pointed out that Iranian officials have a history of lying to both Western officials and their own citizens.

It remains unclear whether the technology has been properly inspected for safety because Iran has denied Western officials access to many of its nuclear sites. The nuclear site at Isfahan has been targeted for attack in the past. An unexplained explosion at the plant in 2011 is reported to have damaged the facility.

The nuclear plant also sits on an active fault line. The city of Isfahan has been destroyed at least six times from past earthquakes, a point of concern among regional experts.

"Given that Iran is on an earthquake zone and has lost tens of thousands of people with regularity suggests that a devastating nuclear accident is only a matter of time," said Rubin.

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Evacuation of Large Iranian City Near Nuclear Site Raises Eyebrows
Bryan Jacoutot / Legal Insurrection.com

(January 4, 2013) -- An edict was issued on Wednesday by Iranian authorities ordering Isfahan's 1.5 million residents to leave the city because pollution in the area "has reached emergency levels."

Skeptical of Iran's explanation for the evacuation, some believe it to have been prompted by more than just your average pollution. (h/t Uncle Samuel)

"[O]utside observers suspect that the evacuation order may corroborate previous reports indicating that a uranium enrichment facility near Isfahan had been leaking radioactive material.

Tehran went to great lengths in December to deny these reports, telling state-run media outlets that "the rumors about leaking and contamination at Isfahan's [Uranium Conversion Facility] are not true at all."

November reports indicated that a radioactive leak might have poisoned several workers at the nuclear plant, which converts highly toxic yellowcake uranium into material that could be used in the core of a nuclear weapon.

The head of Iran's emergency services agency said at the time that residents have no reason to worry about possible contamination resulting from a possible leak.

Stories about the potential leak soon disappeared from state-run news websites, Trend reported in late November."


In this instance, the full scale evacuation of a city points to the possibility of far more serious conditions on the ground than the Iranian government is letting on.

"Pollution in Isfahan is a problem but in the past, Iranian authorities respond by closing schools and the government to keep people at home and let the pollution dissipate, not by evacuating people," said Michael Rubin, a former Pentagon adviser on Iran and Iraq who has written about Isfahan's battle against pollution.

"Mass evacuations suggest a far more serious problem," Rubin explained. "There are two possibilities here: There is a radiation leak and the regime is lying or there is really bad pollution and no one believes the regime's explanations."
Rubin also pointed out that Iranian officials have a history of lying to both Western officials and their own citizens.

It remains unclear whether the technology has been properly inspected for safety because Iran has denied Western officials access to many of its nuclear sites."


In addition to the possibility of poor safety conditions, the nuclear site also sits on an active fault line.

"Given that Iran is on an earthquake zone and has lost tens of thousands of people with regularity suggests that a devastating nuclear accident is only a matter of time," said Rubin.


Iranian Cities Evacuated by 'Smog Alert'
WW4 Report

(January 2, 2013) -- Iranian authorities on Jan. 2 advised the 1.5 million residents of Isfahan to leave the city if they can because air pollution has reached emergency levels. (BBC Radio, Jan. 2) Tehran's Air Quality Control Company also warned Jan. 2 that air pollution in the capital has also reached alarming levels, and ordered elementary schools and daycare centers closed in the city due to heavy smog. (Mehr News Agency, Jan. 1)

Early last month, Tehran residents were likewise urged by authorities to lave the city in response to "dangerous" smog levels, blamed on nearly incessant bumper-to-bumper traffic. Similar edicts were issued for Isfahan and Arak. Schools were also ordered closed, and a cabinet meeting in the capital cancelled. Hospital admissions during the smog alert jumped by 15%, primarily due to people suffering headaches, respiratory problems and nausea. (AAP, Dec. 6; IBT, Dec. 5; AFP, Dec. 3)

The Isfahan evacuation advisory sparked speculation that the move was really ordered due to a mishap at the city's Uranium Conversion Facility (UCF). Last month, Iranian authorities denied foreign media reports about claims of a radiation leak at the UCF.

"The rumors about leaking and contamination at Isfahan's UCF are not true at all; some western media are just seeking to create tumult in the society through such moves," said provincial deputy governor-general for security affairs Mohammad Mehdi Esmayeeli.


News for Massive isfahan iran Evacuation
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Report: Iran orders evacuation of Isfahan, near nuke site
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6 days ago -- According to the report, the edict calls on Isfahan's one-and-a-half million people to leave the city "because pollution has now reached ...‬

Isfahan residents evacuation order
Washington Free Beacon
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Jan 2, 2013 -- Iranian officials have instructed residents of Isfahan to leave the city, renewing concerns that a nearby nuclear site could be leaking radioactive ...

Breaking News: Iran orders evacuation of Isfahan, near nuke site ...

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5 days ago -- I know the information right now is brief, but we do know that Iranian authorities have ordered the evacuation of Isfahan, a city of ~ 4 million ...

Report: Iran orders evacuation of Isfahan, near nuke site
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Iranian officials on Wednesday ordered residents of Isfahan to ...
Jerusalem Post
Breaking News. January 3, 2013

Evacuation Near Iran's Isfahan Nuclear Plant Reported | Jewish ...

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Jan 2, 2013 – Free Beacon – Iranian officials have instructed residents of Isfahan to leave the city, renewing concerns that a nearby nuclear site could be ...

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