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Mass Casualties In 6.3 Magnitude Quake Near Iranian Nuke Facility

Bushehr is home to some 160,000 people.
Russsian built Bushehr I nuclear plant.

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A 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck near Bushehr, in Iran’s southwestern coastal region, killing at least 30 people and injuring nearly 1,000 others. Seven aftershocks were registered within 38 minutes after the initial jolt.

The epicenter was 55 miles southeast of the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant, which is located just 11 miles southeast of the city.

The depth of the quake was 6.2 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The Bushehr power plant is the country’s only nuclear power station and is capable of withstanding quakes stronger than 6.3 magnitude.

“The earthquake in no way affected the normal situation at the reactor. Personnel continue to work in the normal regime and radiation levels are fully within the norm,” a design engineer told Russian state news agency RIA Novosti.

One village was wiped out, and mud brick houses crumbled in the earthquake.

“We could clearly feel the earthquake,” Nikoo, who requested to be identified only by her first name, told Reuters by telephone. “The windows and chandeliers all shook.”

Social media outlets reported feeling the quake in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. There were no immediate reports of damages.

Gulf Arab countries and Western experts have voiced concerns about the Bushehr plant, built in a highly seismic area, but Iran has repeatedly rejected those concerns. Bushehr is home to some 160,000 people.

The US and its allies have repeatedly accused Iran of developing nuclear weapons. Tehran insists its work at Bushehr is for civilian purposes only.

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About the Author: Yori Yanover has been a working journalist since age 17, before he enlisted and worked for Ba'Machane Nachal. Since then he has worked for Israel Shelanu, the US supplement of Yedioth, JCN18.com, USAJewish.com, Lubavitch News Service, Arutz 7 (as DJ on the high seas), and the Grand Street News. He has published Dancing and Crying, a colorful and intimate portrait of the last two years in the life of the late Lubavitch Rebbe, (in Hebrew), and two fun books in English: The Cabalist's Daughter: A Novel of Practical Messianic Redemption, and How Would God REALLY Vote.


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13 Responses to “Mass Casualties In 6.3 Magnitude Quake Near Iranian Nuke Facility”

  1. Mossad did it again!

  2. Yehuda Alan says:

    Where are all the Muslims now saying it was allah's will?

  3. If the Iranians were foolish enough to build their nuclear plant in an earthquake zone, then maybe a stronger quake will follow this one enough to destroy or severely disable it. Neither Mossad nor Ha Shem had anything to do with it. Nature works in mysterious ways, let's hope it continues to do so.

  4. Yehuda Cohen says:

    Liliane Stern: "neither Mossad nor Ha Shem had anything to do with it. Nature works in mysterious ways…" After all of your university degrees and research looking through microscopes, you still don't know what "nature" is. Study the Torah and find out.

  5. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    DAMN YOU MOSSAD. The Zionists strike again. I wonder: did they use specially trained worms? Or perhaps the infamous ground hogs wearing attack yarmulkas. Perhaps 72 brainwashed virgins blinded by bhurqas and impregnated with thermonuclear devices? Truly treacherous those Jews.

  6. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    DAMN YOU MOSSAD. The Zionists strike again. I wonder: did they use specially trained worms? Or perhaps the infamous ground hogs wearing attack yarmulkas. Perhaps 72 brainwashed virgins blinded by bhurqas and impregnated with thermonuclear devices? Truly treacherous those Jews.

  7. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    All of Iran is on a fault line

  8. Arie's Pragmatic Politics says:

    All of Iran is on a fault line

  9. Lowa Kay says:

    did they plant underground bombs to provoke this earthquake?

  10. Lowa Kay says:

    did they plant underground bombs to provoke this earthquake?

  11. Oh , how wonderful, wishing them the wiping out next time and moreover – asap.

  12. Lowa Kay – I would tell you – but then we would have to kill you.

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