5.7 Magnitude Earthquake near Iran nuclear plant kills 7 : worldleaks
A 5.7 magnitude earthquake on the Gulf coast near Iran’s sole nuclear power plant killed seven people and injured 30 on Thursday, emergency response chief Hassan Qadami told state media.
“So far, there are seven dead and 30 injured receiving hospital treatments,” the official IRNA news agency quoted Qadami as saying.
The quake’s epicentre was near Borazjan, about 60 kilometres (35 miles) from Bushehr, where Iran has its Russian-built reactor.
Iran stands on several seismic fault lines. A massive quake in December 2003 hit 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 increased 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 control of the UN nuclear watchdog.
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