Iran’s nuclear site hit by 4.9 magnitude earthquake

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Iran’s nuclear site hit by 4.9 magnitude earthquake

A 4.9 magnitude earthquake has struck near to an Iranian nuclear power plant.

The earthquake hit 10km south-east of Borazjan, around 30 miles away from the country’s Bushehr site, at 3.19am this morning.

Bushehr is where Iran’s sole nuclear power plant is located.

There are no reports of casualties or damage, according to the state run IRNA news agency.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake had a depth of 10 kilometres, indicating that it was a natural event and not linked to Iran’s missile attacks on US airbases.

Iran has fired missiles at two US military bases in Iraq where US troops are based, in what it says is retaliation for the US airstrike that killed senior Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.

A handout intensity map made available by the United States Geological Survey shows the location of a magnitude 4,9 earthquake which hit at a depth of 10km, near the city of Borazjan, Iran, 08 January 2020.

According to media reports, there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The quake occured near the Bushehr nuclear plant.

More than a dozen ballistic missiles were launched from Iran which struck two air bases in Irbil and Al Asad, west of Baghdad at 2:00am local time (10.30pm GMT).

It still remains unclear whether there have been any casualties as a result of the strikes.

President Trump had tweeted ‘all is well’, as casualties and damage were being assessed.

Iran has begun loading fuel into the core of its first nuclear power plant on Tuesday, one of the last steps to realising its stated goal of becoming a peaceful nuclear power, state-run Press TV reported on Tuesday.

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