Tehran (Persian: تهران Tehrān; pronounced [tehˈɾɒːn]), sometimes spelled Teheran, is the capital of Iran and Tehran Province. With an estimated population of 8,429,807; (7,711,230 - in 2,267,892 families - as of the 2006 census) it is also Iran's largest urban area and city, one of the largest cities in Southern Asia, and the 19th largest city globally.
After the Yellowstone Supervolcano had erupted and weakened the United States, there were near simultaneous nuclear strikes on Tel Aviv and Tehran. Shortly afterwards, the Israeli Prime Minister vowed "an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth". There were then unconfirmed reports of of a "flash of sunlike light" over the city of Qom and all communications with it were lost.