A 6.3 magnitude earthquake shook southwest Iran on Tuesday, sending tremors across the region, killing scores and wounding hundreds, according to the latest reports.
Earlier reports said that at least three had died as a result of the quake, attributing the figure to Iranian state television. But the number of casualties grew as the day went on. An Iranian regional governor said late Tuesday that at least 37 people had been killed in the quake, according to AP, while CNN earlier cited state TV as saying as many as 800 were left injured.
The BBC said Red Crescent workers were being sent to the hard-hit area around the earthquake’s epicenter.
The quake originated about six miles underground, and struck 55 miles from the Bushehr nuclear power plant — the country’s only nuclear power station. The facility is reported to be unaffected by the quake and operating as normal.
“Iran has informed [the International Atomic Energy Agency’s Incident and Emergency Center] of the event, reporting that there has been no damage to the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant and no radioactive release from the installation,” according to an agency statement cited by Reuters. The nuclear watchdog said it is not pursuing the matter.
A strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake has hit southern Iran, the US Geological Survey said.
The epicenter of the quake, which struck at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), was located about 90 kilometers southeast of Bandar Bushehr, the USGS said.
April 9, 2013 – TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iran’s state TV is reporting that a 6.3 magnitude earthquake has jolted a town in the country’s south. The Tuesday report by the English-language channel Press TV says the earthquake struck Khormooj some 80 kilometers southeast of Bushehr, the home of Iran’s first nuclear power plant. There were no immediate reports of casualties or damage. Another report by semi-official Fars news agency says fearful residents poured into the streets. The quake was felt across the Gulf in Bahrain and Qatar, where workers were evacuated from high-rise buildings as a precaution. Earlier on Sunday a lighter earthquake jolted Khormooj. Iran is located on seismic faults and it experiences daily light earthquakes. In 2003, some 26,000 people were killed by a 6.6 magnitude quake that flattened the historic southeastern city of Bam.
Quake strikes near nuclear plant: A 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck in south-west Iran, not far from the country’s only nuclear power station, the US Geological Survey (USGS) says. Initial reports on state media say 37 people have died. Posts on social media in the region said people felt the quake across the Gulf in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain. Iran’s nuclear program has roused concern among major powers that Tehran wants to build nuclear weapons – a charge Iran strongly denies. The USGS said the quake struck at 11:52 GMT at a depth of 10km (6.2 miles), some 90km from Bushehr city, near to the power plant. Iran’s seismological centre in Bushehr province, linked to Tehran University, registered a 6.1 magnitude quake close to the town of Kaki, some 60 miles south of Bushehr. More than five aftershocks have been felt so far, the strongest measuring a magnitude of 5.4. The Russian contractor which built the Bushehr plant says it has not been affected by the earthquake, says Russian news agency Interfax. Staff at the complex felt the jolts but continue to work as usual, while radiation levels have not changed, an unnamed Atomstroyexport official told Interfax.
Geoffrey Ingersoll | Apr. 9, 2013, 9:59 AM
A 6.3 magnitude earth quake has rocked Iran, just southeast of Bushehr city, near to the power plant, reports the U.S. Geological Survey.
Officials have told Agence France Presse that 30 people are dead, and 800 are injured.
Five aftershocks have followed the quake, the largest being 5.2 magnitude.
According to a USA Today report, several frightened residents have poured into the streets.
The Russian-made reactor survived the quake, and Russian State News agency RIA Novosti has quoted an official as saying, “The earthquake in no way affected the normal situation at the reactor, personnel continue to work in the normal regime and radiation levels are fully within the norm.”
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