An earthquake of at least magnitude 5.5 struck southern Iran near the country’s only nuclear power plant on Thursday morning, shaking countries across the Persian Gulf. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries. The US Geological Survey said the quake struck at 0634 GMT some 60 miles (100km) east of Bushehr, site of the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant, the only operating nuclear power station in the Islamic Republic.
The USGS put the earthquake’s magnitude at 5.5, while Iranian state television, citing officials, described the quake as a magnitude 5.9. Varying magnitudes are common immediately after a temblor. Iranian state TV, which put the earthquake’s epicentre near the town of Kaki, did not report any damage at the Bushehr plant, which has seen other earthquakes in the past and is built to resist damage from a temblor.
Authorities later said the quake did not affect routine operations at the plant, the semi-official Fars news agency reported. The Iran Red Crescent described the epicentre as being in a sparsely populated area.
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