Deadly earthquake strikes southwest Iran

By Brandon Lee Julian,

Rescue teams are rushing to assist the injuries and damages inflicted by an earthquake that struck Iran today.

According to BBC World News, an earthquake with a 6.3 magnitude on the Richter scale hit the southwestern province of Iran approximately 60 miles away from the country's Bushehr nuclear power station. The power plant fortunately was undisturbed by the geological interference, however, as it was constructed to withstand up to a magnitude of 8 degrees on the Richter scale.

According to Kuwait News Agency, the depth of the earthquake was felt and measured about 6.2 miles from the epicenter of the quake, which is 55 miles away from the Bushehr nuclear plant.

There have been an estimation of about 10,000 total citizens affected by the earthquake, branching out into about 50 villages. Yahoo! News reports 37 individuals died from the natural disaster and hundreds in the surrounding villages were injured. The earthquake was felt across the gulf of Dubai and the surrounding region.

Deputy governor of the Bushehr province Shahpour Rostami stated that rescue teams have been dispatched to Shonbeh as well as other villages that were affected.

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