Timeline of recent disasters in Iran

  • May 24th:
    • The work of two blocks of Tabriz TPP was stopped
    • The boiler exploded at the port refinery of Imam Khomeini
  • June 2:
    • fire in the Chitgar forests west of Tehran. Local residents complain that authorities did not take adequate measures for several hours
  • June 3:
    • Fire at the warehouse site of the Khuzestan Metallurgical Company. One person died
    • Fire at the Tehran refinery due to gas leak. One person died, one was injured.
    • Huge fire at wheat farms in Semnan province
  • June 4:
    • fire in the park of Ahwaz.
    • Firefighters said unidentified people put plastic under a wooden playground and set it on fire.
  • June 5th:
    • An incident on the Ahvaz electricity network – the theft of cables led to the hospital and a huge area being left without electricity for many hours
    • In Khuzestan and Bushera wild fires broke out. According to one official, over the past 74 days, 240 fires have been recorded in forests and meadows in 11 provinces.
  • June 6:
    • huge fire in the area adjacent to Evin prison in Tehran
  • June 7:
    • fire in Jahrom National Park
  • June 12:
    • fire in the area near the Armenian Church of St. Mary in the Iranian city of Hamedan. No victims
  • June 14:
    • fire in a storage area of 10 thousand square meters. m in Surabad, Tehran
  • June 26:
  • June 30:
  • July 2:
  • 4th of July:
    • Explosion at a power plant in Ahwaz, Khuzestan province. According to a firefighter, one of the transformers exploded. No casualties reported https://cybershafarat.com/2020/07/04/zargan-power-plant-explosion-ahwaz-iran/
    • Chlorine leak at the Karun chemical plant in the province of Khuzestan. According to IRNA, 70 workers became ill and were taken to hospital with symptoms of chlorine poisoning.


What follows from all this?
Actually, the reason for all these incidents (sabotage, cyber attacks, the appearance of sudden saboteurs, corruption of local officials, etc.) is not so important, how important is the fact that the government is not able to ensure the safety of critical infrastructure, and also to develop a plan for effective crisis management in order to timely respond to outbreaks even of a natural nature;
Last but not least, sanction pressure exerts influence: internal reserves are depleted, mechanisms, equipment and the infrastructure itself are very worn out and need to be replaced;
Further, the government will rely on “external intervention”, because it is consistent with the policy of “maximum resistance” and avoids responsibility for what happened, however …
… even if there is no direct connection between the latest events and they didn’t occur as a result of sabotage, they will still contribute to the internal tension, and a reference to an external threat could be an argument in favor of emergency measures, which Iran still has tried to avoid

Nuclear facilities, power plants and refineries; How many incidents occurred in Iran in June and July 2016?

Several series of explosions and fires in Iran’s military and industrial facilities in the past two months, and in the first two weeks of July 2015, have raised doubts about the cause of the multiplicity of these incidents.

In the Natanz incident, locals were worried about radioactive radiation; In the explosion of the Shiraz Electricity Distribution Center, citizens heard the sound of sirens in their homes and did not know what had happened; In the east of Tehran, the bright light of the explosion worried the residents of the place, and 19 people were killed in the explosion and fire incident in the North Tehran Clinic .
There is no documented claim or evidence linking these incidents; But the comments of some officials are due to their doubts and concerns.
In 2016, a series of widespread fires in Iran’s petrochemical industry increased the suspicion of cyber attacks; However, it was never officially confirmed. Iranian officials said the reason for the events, which usually took place in the summer, was that the facilities were worn out and the weather was hot.

July 14; Chlorine leakage in Karun Mahshahr Petrochemical

At 16:45 in Khuzestan, chlorine gas leaked and poisoned 70 people when chlorine was discharged at Karun Petrochemical Refinery . “When Chlorine was discharged from the Isotank tank, the flexible joint of the tank was torn,” said a Karun petrochemical executive, and the chlorine leaked.
Omid Shahidi-Nia, senior director of emergency services at Karun Petrochemical Complex, says the cause of the accident will be investigated and reported.

No one was injured in the Ahwaz power plant accident
Image captionNo one was injured in the Ahwaz power plant accident

July 14; Fire at Zargan Thermal Power Plant in Ahvaz

At 15:27, a black smoke column was seen near Ahvaz and again in Khuzestan, which was caused by a fire in the gas unit of the Zargan thermal power plant in Ahvaz, whose official name is “Shahid Madahj”. The local fire chief had announced an “explosion” in the power plant’s transformer, but a spokesman for Iran’s electricity industry said the incident was a “fire” and not an “explosion.”
The director of crisis management of the Ministry of Energy of Iran stated that the cause of the accident was the connection of one of the transformers of the gas unit of the power plant and said that the steam unit of this power plant is safe.

New satellite images one day later and one day before the Natanz facility accident
Image captionNew satellite images one day later and one day before the Natanz facility accident

July 3; Explosion of Natanz nuclear facilities

On Thursday, the Atomic Energy Organization of Iran announced an accident at the Natanz nuclear fuel enrichment facility in Isfahan province. The blast, which was determined by satellite imagery, was the largest such incident in two months.
Iran’s Supreme National Security Council has said it is investigating the cause of the accident but has not yet announced it due to security concerns.
More than any other incident in the past few months, the Natanz facility has been suspected of “sabotaging or attacking Israel.” A claim that neither Iran nor Israel has officially confirmed or denied.
Related events in the past:

July 26; Explosion in Khojir, Tehran
In the final hours of Thursday, residents of East Tehran reported light and loud noise that was observed for several kilometers. The Iranian Ministry of Defense said the sound was related to the explosion of a gas tank in the Parchin public area. But satellite imagery showed that the main site of the explosion in Khujir was more than 20 kilometers from Parchin.
Within the Khojir Forest Park in the mountains east of Tehran, there are several Iranian missile development centers.

The fire in Shiraz power transformer in the middle of the night caused 20% of the city to shut down and people to panic
Image captionThe fire in Shiraz power transformer in the middle of the night caused 20% of the city to shut down and people to panic

July 26 : Shiraz power substation fire
At about 11:20 p.m., large parts of Shiraz were cut off from electricity, and the sound of the siren of ambulances in the city worried people. However, due to the failure of the elevator, many high-rise buildings collapsed. The neighborhoods of the Quran Gate, Amirkabir, and parts of the center of Shiraz were turned off, and minutes later, the Internet was cut off in these areas, raising public concern.
The regional electricity company said the main cause of the fire was an increase in power consumption and a sudden connection inside the transformer at the Malek station in western Shiraz.
It took more than 40 days for the new transformer to be purchased and ready for installation. And it probably won’t be operational until the end of July. The city of Shiraz is still facing a shortage of electricity, and officials have called on the public to save money by installing a transformer.

June 5: Fire at Tabriz Thermal Power Plant

The fire broke out at 6:30 a.m. in a power plant unit and was contained two hours later. Nasser Moeini, CEO of the East Azerbaijan Power Generation Management Company, said the incidents were “normal” at the power plants, but it took 13 days for the plant to return to production. The second unit of the power plant was cut off for 34 hours.
The cause of the fire was a short circuit in one of the keys of the Tabriz Bukhari gas power plant.
3 June; Bandar Imam Petrochemical Fire Department
At 22:45 on Saturday, a petrochemical plant caught fire on the shores of the Persian Gulf. Bandar-e-Emam Petrochemical Management announced that the accident was related to one of the boilers of Bandar-e-Niroo Water Company, which caught fire during preparation due to the accumulation of gas in the combustion chamber. The agency stressed that no major accident had occurred and that petrochemical work was not a problem.