Tabas is a city in and capital of Tabas County
Tabas County
Tabas County is a county in Yazd Province in Iran. The capital of the county is Tabas. Tabas County was a part of Ferdows County until July 1960. At the 2006 census, its population was 63,047, in 16,845 families. The county is subdivided into three districts: the Central District, Dastgerdan...

, Yazd Province
Yazd Province
Yazd Province is one of the 31 provinces of Iran. It is in the centre of the country, and its administrative center is the city of Yazd.The province has an area of 131,575 km², and according to the most recent divisions of the country, is divided into eleven counties: Maybod, Mehreez, Taft,...

, Iran
Iran , officially the Islamic Republic of Iran , is a country in Southern and Western Asia. The name "Iran" has been in use natively since the Sassanian era and came into use internationally in 1935, before which the country was known to the Western world as Persia...

. At the 2006 census, its population was 30,681, in 7,962 families.

Tabas is located in central Iran, 950 kilometers southeast of Tehran, in Yazd Province. Formerly it was part of the Khorasan province. It is a desert city with lots of date and citrus trees. It has a public garden, (Baghe-golshan), 300 years old, that has beautiful water fountains. It has a railroad station, airport and two universities. The city has hot summers and people rarely see a winter snowfall. It was near Tabas that the United States
United States
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 rescue operation called Operation Eagle Claw
Operation Eagle Claw
Operation Eagle Claw was an American military operation ordered by President Jimmy Carter to attempt to put an end to the Iran hostage crisis by rescuing 52 Americans held captive at the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, Iran on 24 April 1980...

 failed, because of mechanical breakdowns to the aircraft involved.

Tabas was also stricken by a destructive earthquake
1978 Tabas earthquake
The 1978 Tabas earthquake was a huge earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale which struck on September 16, 1978 in central Iran. The death toll was approximately 15,000 and the worst damage was to the town Tabas, which was at the epicentre of the quake and completely flattened. 40 villages...

on September 16, 1978 that left around 22000 dead. The earthquake was measured between 7.5 and 7.9 on the Richter scale. Since then, the city has been rebuilt with many new streets, parks and public buildings.
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