5.1 magnitude quake hits southwestern Iran
Published: 12:35 27 December 2019
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.1 jolted southwestern Iran early Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The epicenter, with a depth of 38.28 km, is near the country’s Bushehr nuclear power plant.
The Iranian Seismological Center said in a preliminary report on its website that the strength of the quake was 4.9 magnitude and that its depth was 10 kilometers.
The quake jolted villages near Kalameh city, semi-official news agency ISNA said, adding “there were no immediate reports of any damage”.
“Based on assessments by the Red Crescent, and regional (authorities), we’re yet to hear of any damage,” it quoted the head of the province's crisis center, Jahangir Dehghani, as saying.
“We might have roads blocked in parts of the mountain due to the quake’s intensity,” he added.
The Bushehr plant, which produces 1,000 megawatts of power, was built by Russia after being delayed for years and officially handed over in September 2013.
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