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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 three 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 programme 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.
The 2003 Bam earthquake was a major earthquake that struck Bam and the surrounding Kerman province of southeastern Iran at 1:56 AM UTC (5:26 AM Iran Standard Time) on Friday, December 26, 2003. The most widely accepted estimate for the magnitude of the earthquake is a moment magnitude (Mw) of 6.6; estimated by the United States Geological Survey. The earthquake was particularly destructive, with the death toll amounting to 26,271 people and injuring an additional 30,000.
Four people have been killed in a 6.3 magnitude earthquake that struck near Bushehr in southern Iran, according to state TV.
The epicentre of the quake was Kaki, 60 miles south of Bushehr - home to the country's only nuclear power station.
The Russian company that built the plant said the quake had been felt there but operations had not been affected.
"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," Russian state news agency RIA quoted an official at Atomstroyexport as saying.
Fereydoon Hasanvand, the governor of the port city, confirmed that "no damage at all has been caused" to the reactor.
Originally posted by MariaLida
Also we have many aftershocks there ..
2013-04-09 13:30:51.013min ago 28.63 N 51.72 E 60 4.8 SOUTHERN IRAN
2013-04-09 13:03:29.040min ago 28.55 N 51.72 E 52 4.4 SOUTHERN IRAN
2013-04-09 12:58:32.045min ago 28.41 N 51.42 E 15 3.7 SOUTHERN IRAN
2013-04-09 12:52:56.850min ago 28.43 N 51.48 E 28 4.1 SOUTHERN IRAN
2013-04-09 12:47:52.055min ago 28.59 N 51.73 E 40 4.7 SOUTHERN IRAN
2013-04-09 12:41:10.01hr 02min ago 28.52 N 51.71 E 51 4.7 SOUTHERN IRAN
2013-04-09 12:31:37.91hr 12min ago 28.41 N 51.47 E 18 4.1 SOUTHERN IRAN
2013-04-09 12:18:11.51hr 25min ago 28.52 N 51.45 E 36 4.2 SOUTHERN IRAN
2013-04-09 12:15:12.21hr 28min ago 28.40 N 51.56 E 26 4.4 SOUTHERN IRAN
2013-04-09 12:05:39.01hr 38min ago 28.44 N 51.61 E 10 5.4 SOUTHERN IRAN
2013-04-09 11:52:50.01hr 51min ago 28.48 N 51.58 E 10 6.3 SOUTHERN IRANedit on 9-4-2013 by MariaLida because: (no reason given)
A powerful earthquake struck close to Iran's only nuclear power station on Tuesday, killing 30 people and injuring 800 as it devastated small villages, state media reported.
Originally posted by Mclaneinc
I almost posted a thread on this but after a couple of private messages I found it was because of this thread, my apologies to the mods.
For me this earthquake comes just after US secretary of State warned Iran that time was running out re the nuclear talks.
Was this a Harrp warning?
Seems so odd its right next to a nuclear power plant....Hmmmm
TEHRAN -- A powerful earthquake shook southern Iran on Tuesday afternoon, killing dozens of people and devastating entire towns, Iranian media reported.
At least 31 people died in the quake, including three victims under a collapsed house in the small town of Shanbe, according to Fars News Agency and the Tabnak news website. State media reported at least 20 were killed. Earlier news reports had put the death toll at three or four people.
The quake was felt across the Gulf in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.
Some 10,000 people are thought to live in the affected area in more than 50 villages, two of which have reportedly been completely levelled.
Bushehr's governor says 700 houses have been damaged and 200 families affected.