The Bandar Bushehr, Iran earthquake of April 9, 2013 gravely illustrates how disaster-prone areas of the world are compounding their risk of disaster and major public health emergencies when there is a geographical convergence of natural and technological hazards. Scientists must emphasize to policy makers that ever-increasing regional industrialization and the broader introduction of nuclear facilities, especially in the Middle East, must parallel sound prevention and community-level public health preparedness planning.
ArdalanA, MowafiH, BurkleFM, Jr. Iran's Disaster Risk: Now is the Time for Community-based Public Health Preparedness. Prehosp Disaster Med. 2013;28(5):1-2.