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An 5.7 magnitude earthquake near an Iranian nuclear plant has killed seven people and injured 30, according to authorities.
The quake's epicentre was near Borazjan, around 60km (35 miles) from Bushehr, where Iran has its Russian-built reactor.
Emergency Response Chief Hassan Qadami told IRNA news agency: "So far, there are seven dead and 30 injured receiving hospital treatment."
Iran stands on several seismic fault lines. A massive quake in December 2003 struck the southern city of Bam, killing 26,000 people and destroying its ancient mud-built citadel.
Iran's Arab neighbours across the Gulf have often raised concern over the reliability of the Bushehr plant and the risks of radioactive leaks in case of a major quake.
But Iran and Russia insist it respects international standards under the supervision of the UN nuclear watchdog.
So this news is just breaking but it's happened near a nuclear power plant, not another Fukushima on our hands?
Wow. I wonder if there's any damage to the reactor.
The damage that earthquakes with magnitudes of 5.0 to 5.9 can produce varies. Near the epicenter, quakes on the middle to upper part of that range could leave negligible damage in buildings of good design and construction, but considerable damage in poorly built or badly designed buildings, the USGS says.
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It's the 2nd time this year that this power plant has endured an earthquake.
Well, the chances of damage at the reactor sort of depend on how much the regime in charge values their populace.
Don't get wrong, earthquakes are never a good thing but unless you have a massive earthquake + massive tsunami…