An earthquake has hit southern Iran just 60 miles from the country’s Bushehr nuclear power plant.
It hit on Thursday morning and was also felt in Bahrain and other areas around the Persian Gulf, Independent reported.
According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), the quake struck at 6.34 am GMT, some 60 miles east 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.
Government-run TV did not report any damage at the Bushehr plant, which has seen other earthquakes in the past and was built to resist damage from the tremors.
It said the earthquake’s epicentre was near the town of Kaki, which the Iran Red Cross described as being in a sparsely populated area.
In Bahrain, an island kingdom off Saudi Arabia, people on social media said they felt the quake and evacuated from high-rise buildings.
The USGS put the earthquake’s depth at 6.2 miles (10km) below the surface. Shallow earthquakes often have broader damage.
A magnitude-5 earthquake can cause considerable damage.
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