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Strong quake shakes Bushehr UPDATE

USGS reports 6.3 magnitude quake near Iranian nuclear plant

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Early reports have not mentioned any damage at the nuclear plant. (GETTY IMAGES)
Early reports have not mentioned any damage at the nuclear plant. (GETTY IMAGES)

Multiple news agencies are reporting an earthquake – measured at 6.3 magnitude by the US Geological Survey (USGS) – that has struck 55 miles from Iran’s Bushehr, site of the country’s only nuclear plant.

Iran's FARS News Agency has reported the quake at 6.1 on the Richter scale.

There have been no reports of damage at the plant as yet, whilst some state media sources have reported three deaths.

Russia's Interfax has reported that earth tremors could be felt near the power plant but that personnel continued working as usual, according to a spokesman for the Bushehr project's contactor Atomstroyexport.

April 10th AM Update

Press TV has reported that casualties from the earthquake have risen to ‘at least 37 people’, with over 850 people injured. The earthquake was centred on the town of Kaki, located 90 kilometres south east of the site of the Bushehr nuclear plant.

Further reports from the nuclear plant have said that it has not sustained damage, and is continuing to work normally. No increase in radiation has reportedly been recorded.

The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) has said that Iran has notified its Incident and Emergency Centre of the earthquake, and has said that no damage has been sustained to the Bushehr plant. The IAEA is not currently seeking further information on the incident from Iran.

 

 

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