What is causing repeated earthquakes around Iran’s only operational nuclear power plant?
Is Iran secretly conducting nuclear experiments? The area around Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor was shaken by an earthquake on Monday, which only adds to speculation that an underground nuclear detonation experiment has taken place.
Iran was hit by a magnitude-4.4 earthquake, jolting a sparsely populated district some 110 kilometers (70 miles) northwest of Bushehr, home to the Islamic Republic’s only operational nuclear power plant. There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries.
And Iran was hit by an earthquake of a similar magnitude in the same area in April, adding fuel to the nuclear detonation theory.
The Bushehr nuclear power plant, which went online in 2011 with Russian help, is built to withstand earthquakes up to magnitude 8.
In 2013, a magnitude-6.1 temblor killed at least 37 people in an area of the same province where Monday’s quake struck.
Iran experiences frequent earthquakes. In 2003, a magnitude-6.6 earthquake killed some 26,000 and flattened the historic southeastern city of Bam.
By: AP and United with Israel Staff
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