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Earthquake of magnitude 4.5 felt near Iran nuclear power plant

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Earthquake of magnitude 4.5 felt near Iran nuclear power plant

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A 4.5 magnitude earthquake on Wednesday jolted an area less than 50 kilometres from Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant, a US monitor said.

The earthquake, which had a depth of 10 kilometres, struck 17 kilometres south-southeast of Borazjan city at 6:49 am (0319 GMT), the US Geological Survey said on its website.

State news agency IRNA said the earthquake was felt in Bushehr, site of the country’s sole nuclear power plant.

So far, there were no reports of any deaths or damage, IRNA said, citing Jahangir Dehghani, the head of Bushehr’s crisis management centre.

State news agency IRNA said the quake was felt in Bushehr, site of the country’s sole nuclear power plant.

The latest quake comes exactly a fortnight after a magnitude 5.1 earthquake hit the same area, without causing any casualties or major damage.

The Bushehr plant, which produces 1,000 megawatts of power, was completed by Russia after years of delay and officially handed over in September 2013.

In 2016, Russian and Iranian firms began building two additional 1,000-megawatt reactors at Bushehr. Their construction was expected to take 10 years.

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