Iran was hit by a 5.9 magnitude quake and five injured

Iran was hit by a 5.9 magnitude quake and five injured


A 5.9 magnitude earthquake on Sunday hit the southwestern Iranian province of Bushehr, which is home to a nuclear power plant. Five people were injured, but no major damage was caused.

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A 5.9 magnitude earthquake on Sunday hit the southwestern Iranian province of Bushehr, which is home to a nuclear power plant. Five people were injured, but no major damage was caused.

The earthquake, 10 kilometers deep, struck 27 kilometers northwest of the port city of Genaveh at 11:11 a.m. local time (0641 GMT) and was felt in the nearby provinces, the Iranian seismological agency said.

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The state news agency IRNA reported that the quake and several aftershocks caused power outages and interrupted telephone lines in the vicinity, but did “no damage” to the Bushehr nuclear complex about 100 kilometers away.

“The minor damage to Genaveh’s water, electricity, telecommunications and gas infrastructure has been repaired,” the province’s head of crisis management told IRNA.

Iran lies astride the boundaries of several large tectonic plates and experiences frequent seismic activity.

In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 quake in southeastern Iran destroyed the ancient adobe city of Bam, killing at least 31,000 people.

The deadliest quake to hit Iran in 1990 was a 7.4 magnitude tremor, killing 40,000 people in the north, injuring 300,000 and leaving half a million homeless.

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