An earthquake of magnitude 6.3 killed 37 leaving behind 850 people injured in Bushehr Province of south-west Iran on 9 April 2013 at 4:22 pm (local time). The quake struck 90 kilometers away from the country’s only 1000 Megawatt Bushehr Nuclear Plant but was not able to have an impact on the plant.
Seismologists measured that the quake struck at a depth of 10 kilometers near the town of Kaki – a Gulf Port City. Several aftershocks of intensity more than five on the Ritcher Scale were felt. The effects of the quake were felt across Gulf in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, UAE and Bahrain.
A total of about 700 houses were damaged and more than 200 families felt the effect of the quake. Rescue operations are being conducted by the rescue team sent in the affected area.
Iran lies in an area of major geological fault-line and thus is prone to seismic activity. A major earthquake in the City of Bam that stuck Iran on 26 December 2003 left 25000 people dead.