Photo Credit: Iranian President’s Office press image
President Hassan Rouhani visits the Bushehr nuclear power plant outside Bushehr, Iran, Jan. 13, 2015.

A 4.9 magnitude earthquake struck some 6 miles southeast of Borazjan, Bushehr Province, Iran, and 40 miles from Iran’s controversial Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant. According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake began some six miles below the surface, which means it was a natural event that was not triggered by military force.

Some reports mentioned two earthquakes at the same location.

Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant / Quapan via Flickr

The Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant project is considered unique in terms of its technology, the political environment and the challenging physical climate. It is the first so-called civilian nuclear power plant built in the Middle East. In November 2014, Iran and Russia signed an agreement to build two new nuclear reactors at the Bushehr site, with an option of six more at other sites later. Construction formally started on March 14, 2017.


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