The earthquake in Iran was felt by many people around the world. Even here in the Valley. WHSV found a group of people that can empathize with what the victims are going through.
"Last night when I come back home, I see on TV about the earthquake, I get mad. Too many people like women and children men right now everybody is sad over there."
Payam Biyouk-Aghaei spent two years in the military in the city of Bam. He and his friends gathered around the TV, looking for news about yesterday's earthquake in Iran. What they see horrifies them.
"I'm so upset about this happening," says Davoud Azizian, a native of Iran. "This happens always, every five or 10 years in my country."
But what's worse for these men is how slow the government has been to respond. In places like Iran, the days are very hot, and the nights very cold.
"They said they didn't send anybody for 24 hours after this happened," says Azizian. "They didn't have food, they didn't have any good water, any good clothes."
Tarik Salehi says the destruction is typical of Middle Eastern Cities along the fault line, because of poor building construction.
"Mainly they build from mud soil, water and mixing, a simple mud," says Salehi. "Any vibration, any earthquake any small moves from anywhere affects it and smashes it, everything gets destroyed."
Salehi says he doesn't think anything will change unless the leaders of the country change their ways. So countries like Iran will most likely face the same problems again.
Iranian TV broadcast reports that the total number of deaths could reach as high as 30,000 or 40,000, nearly half of Bam's 90,000 population.