An earthquake registering 6.3 on the Richter scale occurred near the Gulf port city of Bushehr in south-eastern Iran on 9 April 2013 at 16:22 local time (11:52 GMT). The epicentre was in the Kaki area, approximately 90 kilometres southeast of Bushehr, which hosts a nuclear power plant.
Preliminary reports indicate that the earthquake has resulted in 32 deaths. Some 850 people have also been injured and are being treated at the Khormoj city hospital. Around 1,000 people are sheltering in tents. Two villages in the region, Shanbeh (1,746 residents) and Sena (1,253 residents), reportedly suffered considerable damage, with around 80 per cent of village infrastructure destroyed.
The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Incident and Emergency Centre reports that the nuclear site in Bushehr was not damaged. According to the IAEA, the Government of Iran reports that “there has been no damage to the plant and no radioactive release from the installation.”
The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) has reported that 20 search-and-rescue teams (100 relief workers) and three helicopters have been dispatched from neighbouring provinces. Sniffer dogs and ambulances have also been sent to the affected area. The IRCS Head of the Relief and Rescue Organization is coordinating the operation.
Several aftershocks, the strongest with a magnitude of 5.3, have been reported. Social media reports indicate that the earthquake was felt in various parts of the region, including Bahrain (305 km from the epicentre), Dubai (United Arab Emirates) and Doha (Qatar). Some buildings in Doha were evacuated.
No request for international assistance has been received.
OCHA continues to monitor the situation. A Situation Report will issued if required.
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