6.3 Quake Strikes Near Iran's Nuclear Site

Just 55 miles from Bushehr; reverberations felt across Gulf

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Apr 9, 2013 7:55 AM CDT

(Newser) – A powerful earthquake shook south western Iran this morning, near the country's Bushehr reactor, the US Geological Survey reported today. The quake clocked in at 6.3 on the Richter scale, with its epicenter just 55 miles from Bushehr. Social media reports spotted by the BBC indicate that reverberations were felt as far away as Dubai and Abu Dhabi, across the Persian Gulf. Others, spotted by Reuters, indicated that offices in Manama, Bahrain had been evacuated.

Four people were reportedly killed in the quake, which caused heavy damage to two nearby villages. But the Russian company running the Bushehr reactor say it was left unscathed by the quake.

This map from the US Geological Survey shows the location of the quake's epicenter.
This map from the US Geological Survey shows the location of the quake's epicenter.   (US Geological Survey)
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