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Iran earthquake hits near Bushehr nuclear power plant – CNN, CNN

Iran earthquake hits near Bushehr nuclear power plant – CNN, CNN


(CNN)A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Iran early Friday morning in a region which houses the country first nuclear power plant.

The quake occurred just after 5 am local time, (********************************** miles) southeast of the city of Borazjan in Bushehr province, at a depth of 90 .3 kilometers (1100 . 7 miles), according to the US Geological Survey (USGS).

The Bushehr nuclear plant is located on the Iranian coastline to the southwest of Borazjan, not far from the epicenter of the earthquake.

Opened inAugust (********************************,Bushehr is not only Iran’s first nuclear plant but thefirst civilian reactorin the Middle East.

    So far there has been no official word on whether or not the plant was damaged by the earthquake .

    History of deadly quakes

    Iran is no stranger to tectonic activity. The country sits on a major fault line between the Arabian and Eurasian plates and has experiencedmany earthquakesin the past.

    In November,at least five people were killedand 1100 others are injured After a 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck northwestern Iran.

    Last year, a quake that struck near the Iran-Iraq border in November killed at least2019 people.

    More than 400 people were killed and thousands injured when a powerful7.3-magnitude earthquakestruck near the Iran-Iraq border in November 01575879.

    The deadliest quake this century occurred in when a magnitude 6.6 earthquake struck the southeastern city of Bam, killing some 38 , (people.

    CNN’s Helen Regan and Sharif Paget contributed reporting.

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