Magnitude 5.9 earthquake shakes southwestern Iran in area of nuclear site

Tehran, Iran – A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck southwestern Iran along the Persian Gulf on Sunday, followed by at least three moderate aftershocks, state television reported.

At least one person was injured, the state-run Iranian news agency IRNA reported.

State television shared cell phone pictures of collapsed walls and broken houses in the area of ​​the port city of Bandar Genaveh, the epicenter of the Temblor.

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The video, recorded by a viewer at a construction site near Bandar Genaveh, showed landslides in the nearby foothills. Both state television and the semi-official Tasnim news agency re-broadcast the footage.

The pictures show houses damaged in a 5.9 magnitude earthquake in a village near Bandar Genaveh in southern Iran. Rescue workers have been dispatched to the area. No report yet on losses or extent of damage. Aftershocks have been reported in Bandar Genaveh. pic.twitter.com/dZtKOINOYm

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The report said three magnitude 4 aftershocks followed the first quake.

The US Geological Survey called the initial tremor a 5.8 magnitude earthquake. It said its depth was 6.2 miles (10 kilometers).

A magnitude 5 earthquake can cause significant damage. Such shallow earthquakes like the one on Sunday can also cause major damage.

The quake was about 100 kilometers from Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant. There was no immediate report on the facility, although the facility was built to withstand earthquakes up to 8 magnitudes.

Iran has large seismic disturbances and experiences an average of one earthquake per day. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake hit the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

A magnitude 7 earthquake that struck western Iran in 2017 killed more than 600 people and injured more than 9,000.

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