April 10, 2013. In the south-western Iran near the Bushehr nuclear power plant occurred earthquake 6.3 magnitude. 12 villages completely destroyed, killing 37 people, more than 850 were injured. For the main earthquake was followed by more 80 aftershocks.
It is reported that the plant itself was not damaged, there is no security threat. NPP Boucher— The only nuclear power plant in the country.
The epicenter was located about 90 kilometers from Bushehr.
The Iranian branch of the organization "Red Crescent" sent to the region rescue teams, who by this time had already completed work.
This area is located about fifty villages, which are home to about 10,000 people. According to recent reports, twelve villages in the earthquake have been completely erased from the face of the earth.
Rocked like a boat
Tremors were felt in various Gulf countries, including Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain.
"Within about 30 seconds of our building swayed from side to side," — said in an interview with BBC, BBC Phil Stevens, who works on the tenth floor of an office in Abu Dhabi.
"It was a very strange feeling, like being in a boat. Our office was evacuated, and soon became aware of the earthquake in Iran, "- he added.
According to seismologists, the earthquake occurred at 4:00 pm local time, and its epicenter was at a depth of 10 km near the town of Kaki south of Bushehr, a port city in the south of the country. Iranian Seismological Centre in the province Boucher, Collaborating with the Tehran University registered the earthquake a magnitude of 6.1.
Within an hour after the earthquake there were five aftershocks, the strongest of which reached a magnitude of 5.4. They were followed by new aftershock, which exceeded the total number of eighty.
NPP did not suffer
The governor of the province of Bushehr Fereydoon Hassanvand told Iranian state television that the plant is not affected. This information was confirmed by representatives of the Russian Embassy in Iran.
"According to information we have received from the Directorate of the Russian nuclear power plant, the overall situation is normal. The tremors were felt at the station and the residential campus. But any damage, the more victims, as in the residential town, and the station itself is not observed, "- RIA news words of the representative of the Russian Embassy in Tehran.
Iranian media reported that the earthquake and aftershocks were damaged phone lines.
Iran is located in one of the most earthquake-prone areas: through its territory undergoing a major geological fault.
The earthquake in Bam in 2003, killing more than 25,000 people.