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Earthquake strikes near Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant

A magnitude 5.1 earthquake struck near Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant early Friday morning (local time), the US Geological Survey said, according to Reuters.

The quake was moderate, which can cause considerable damage, and was centered 33 miles (53 km) east of Bushehr.

The quake, which struck at about 5:23 a.m. local time (0153 GMT) was relatively shallow, only 23.8 miles (38 km) deep, which would have amplified the shaking.

So far there is no word on whether the nuclear plant was damaged.