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.
A 4.9 magnitude earthquake struck near #Iran's #Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant. The depth and epicenter indicate it was a natural event and unrelated to this evenings events. A similar earthquake struck in late December. USGS report enclosed. https://t.co/WcfNffwSOm— Strategic Sentinel (@StratSentinel) January 8, 2020
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)