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Hours after missile attack, tremors felt near Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant

A 4.9-magnitude earthquake on Wednesday has struck near the Bushehr nuclear plant. This earthquake happened hours after a missile attack on U.S. bases in Iraq, and a Ukrainian plane crashing near Tehran.

India TV News Desk India TV News Desk
New Delhi Updated on: January 08, 2020 11:35 IST
4.9 magnitude of earthquake jolts Iran's Bushehr
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4.9 magnitude of earthquake jolts Iran's Bushehr 

A 4.9-magnitude earthquake on Wednesday has struck near the Bushehr nuclear plant. This earthquake happened hours after a missile attack on U.S. bases in Iraq, and a Ukrainian plane crashing near Tehran. The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake struck 10 km southeast of Borazjan, Iran. It is a nearly 70-km drive away from Bushehr.

"The depth and epicenter indicate it was a natural event and unrelated to this evening's [US time] events. A similar earthquake struck in late December," the website Strategic Sentinel tweeted.

The earthquake hit on a morning when the world woke up to news of Iranian missile strikes on Iraqi bases housing US-led coalition personnel, and the crash of a Ukrainian passenger jet near Tehran's airport.

The Iranian offensive was retaliation for a US drone strike that killed the Quds Force commander Maj. Gen. Qassem Soleimani. A top Iranian official has now warned that any "adverse military action" by the US would lead to an "all out war across the region".

(With inputs from agencies)

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