Tags: Iran | iran | nuclear | plant | quake

Quake Near Iran's Only Nuclear Plant Kills 7; No Damage Reported

Friday, 29 Nov 2013 05:03 AM

 

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
|  A   A  
  Copy Shortlink

TEHRAN, Iran — An earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 5.6 struck a town Thursday in southern Iran, killing seven people while causing no damage at the country's only nuclear power plant, state television reported.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the temblor struck some 14 kilometers (8.7 miles) northeast of Borazjan. It hit some 60 kilometers (38 miles) north of the Bushehr nuclear power plant, which is near the port city of the same name.

The website for state television carried a statement from the plant's operators saying it sustained no damage in the quake.

Bushehr province Gov. Fereidoun Hasanvand told state television that 45 people were injured.

Many people fled their homes during the earthquake, fearful the buildings would crash down on them, local media reported. Those living in neighboring provinces also felt the quake.

In April, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake killed at least 37 people and injured hundreds in a town near Bushehr. The nuclear plant wasn't damaged then.

Iran is located in a zone of tectonic compression where the Arabian plate is moving into the Eurasian plate, leaving more than 90 percent of the country crisscrossed by seismic fault lines.

Nine quakes that hit Iran in the last decades were more than magnitude 6, including a 2003 temblor that killed at least 26,000 people in the city of Bam.

Scientists say more fault lines likely will be discovered in the country and more major quakes are only a matter of time.

© Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

Share:
  Comment  |
   Contact Us  |
  Print  
  Copy Shortlink
Around the Web
Join the Newsmax Community
>> Register to share your comments with the community.
>> Login if you are already a member.
blog comments powered by Disqus
 
Email:
Retype Email:
Country
Zip Code:
 
Hot Topics
Follow Newsmax
Like us
on Facebook
Follow us
on Twitter
Add us
on Google Plus
Around the Web
You May Also Like

New Russia Sanctions Threats as Ukraine Stalemate Goes on

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 06:35 AM

A day after an international deal in Geneva to defuse the East-West crisis in Ukraine, pro-Russian separatists vowed not . . .

13th Body Pulled From Snow in Everest Avalanche

Saturday, 19 Apr 2014 06:18 AM

Search teams recovered a 13th body Saturday from the snow and ice covering a dangerous climbing pass on Mouth Everest, w . . .

Captain of Sunken South Korean Ferry Arrested

Friday, 18 Apr 2014 18:40 PM

The South Korean ferry captain was arrested on suspicion of negligence an abandoning people in need, as investigators lo . . .

Newsmax, Moneynews, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, NewsmaxWorld, NewsmaxHealth, are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

 
NEWSMAX.COM
America's News Page
©  Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved