27 December 2019 06:38

A MAGNITUDE 5.1 earthquake struck near Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant on Friday, the US Geological Survey said.

Magnitude 5.1 quake strikes near Iran nuclear plant

A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck Iran on Wednesday, according to the United States Geological Survey. The quake was reported to have struck near the southern coast of Iran, the federal agency reports. The quake's center is a about 30 miles from Iran's sole nuclear power plant in Bushehr, the USGS says. A 5.1 magnitude earthquake struck Iran on Wednesday, according to the United States Geolgolical Survey. The temblor's center is a about 30 miles from Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant.

The approximate location of a 5.1 magnitude earthquake that struck Iran on Wednesday is shown on the above locator map There is no word on casualties or damages from the quake. Magnitude 5.1 is considered moderate, however is often felt and causes minor damage. The last quake to hit Iran came in November, striking in Tark County to the northwest about 250 miles from Tehran. Five people were killed and 300 were injured when the November 7 early morning quake struck. It was believed that many of the injuries occurred in the panicked aftermath of the quake as people fled their homes.

Iran is on major seismic faults and experiences one earthquake a day on average. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people. A magnitude 7.0 earthquake that struck western Iran in 2017 killed more than 600 people and injured more than 9,000. A MAGNITUDE 5.1 earthquake struck near Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant on Friday, the US Geological Survey said. The quake was moderate, which can cause considerable damage, and was centred 53 km east of Bushehr, a nuclear plant on Iran's southern coast on the Persian Gulf.

The quake, which struck at about 5.23am (0153 GMT) was relatively shallow, only 38 km deep, which would have amplified the shaking. This website stores cookies on your computer. These cookies are used to improve your experience and provide more personalized service to you. The earthquake was reported near the Bushehr nuclear power plant. An earthquake struck Iran on Friday less than 50 kilometres (30 miles) from the country's only nuclear power plant, monitors said.

There were no immediate reports of any damage. The US Geological Survey said the 5.1 magnitude quake struck 44 kilometres (27 miles) southeast of Borazjan city and at a depth of 38 kilometres. Its reported epicentre is 45 kilometres east of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, on the southwest Gulf coast. The Iranian Seismological Center said in a preliminary report on its website that the strength of the quake was 4.9 magnitude and that its depth was 10 kilometres. The quake jolted villages near Kalameh city, semi-official news agency ISNA said, adding there were no immediate reports of any damage.

The Bushehr plant, which produces 1,000 megawatts of power, was built by Russia after being delayed for years and officially handed over in September 2013. The Islamic republic is seeking to reduce its reliance on oil and gas with 20 nuclear facilities planned over the coming years. Its nuclear programme is at the centre of a dispute with the United States, which suspects Iran is trying to obtain an atomic bomb, something the Islamic republic vehemently denies. The Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, or JCPOA, gave Iran relief from sanctions in return for curbs on its nuclear programme. Iran sits on top of major tectonic plates and sees frequent seismic activity. In November 2017 a 7.3-magnitude tremor in the western province of Kermanshah killed 620 people. In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake in southeast Iran decimated the ancient mud-brick city of Bam and killed at least 31,000 people. Iran's deadliest quake was a 7.4-magnitude tremor in 1990 that killed 40,000 people in northern Iran, injured 300,000 and left half a million homeless.