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Published On: Tue, Apr 9th, 2013

Strong 6.3-magnitude earthquake strikes near Iran Bushehr nuclear power plant

A strong 6.3-magnitude quake struck approximate 60 miles of southeast of the Persian Gulf city of Bushehr, Iran today, according to the US Geologic Survey.

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The tremor occurred at 16:22 at the epicenter in the town of Kaki at a depth of 10 km.

Reports of at least three fatalities have been reported as a result of the earthquake.

Bushehr is home to the Islamic Republic’s first nuclear power plant. Reports from Iran press say that there are no problems at the facility.

There have been reports in the recent past of safety concerns, so bad that fuel rods were withdrawn from the facility as recently as 2011.

There have been at least five aftershocks from the tremor, all registering over 4.0-magnitude in strength.

The powerful quake was felt across the Gulf in Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.

According to the Richter magnitude scale, an earthquake that registers at 6.0-6.9 is considered strong. It can be destructive in areas up to about 160 kilometers (99 mi) across in populated areas. There are only approximately 130 earthquakes of this magnitude seen annually across the globe.

 

 

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  1. Major 7.8-magnitude earthquake hits Iran, dozens hurt and killed in Iran and Pakistan - The Global Dispatch says:

    […] week ago, a 6.3 tremor hit  approximately 60 miles of southeast of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, causing safety concerns at the […]

  2. Kafantaris says:

    Again we should extend a hand to Iran to help it deal with the new earthquake. Perhaps this time Iran should accept our help, without delay. We’re not made of stone.
    Our self-worth blooms when we help others, and this is the point the me-myself-and-I folks miss completely.
    But it’s never too late. There is always someone, somewhere, who needs our help. We should offer it gladly — if only to reconnect with ourselves.

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