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Earthquake near Iran nuclear plant kills 7

By Hemant Abhishek | Last Updated: Friday, November 29, 2013 - 00:46

Zee Media Bureau

Tehran: An earthquake measuring 5.6 magnitude struck Iran on Thursday, the US Geological Survey reported. The tremors that struck the Gulf coast near Iran`s sole nuclear power plant killed seven people and injured 30, emergency response chief Hassan Qadami told state media.

The epicenter of the quake, at a depth of 16 kilometres, was near Borazjan, around 60 kms (35 miles) from Bushehr, where Iran has its Russian-built reactor.

"So far, there are seven dead and 30 injured receiving hospital treatment," the official IRNA news agency quoted Qadami as saying.

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.

First Published: Friday, November 29, 2013 - 00:46
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