No impact on UAE from Iran quake, says NCM

National Centre of Meteorology says UAE residents felt tremors from quake on Thursday morning
By Staff writer
Thu 19 Apr 2018 02:05 PM

The UAE's National Centre of Meteorology (NCM) said on Thursday that an earthquake in southern Iran had no effect on the UAE despite local residents feeling tremors.

The 5.9 earthquake was recorded in southwest Shiraz, Iran - 550km from Abu Dhabi at 10.34am (UAE time), state news agency WAM reported.

The quake hit the region of Bushehr, home to the country's only nuclear power plant, without causing casualties or damage, media reported.

"The earthquake had no effect on the activity of the plant," Mahmoud Jafari, project manager at the Russian-built Bushehr nuclear plant, said according to the Telegram news channel of Iran's state television.

The head of emergency services said no one was killed or wounded in the quake, media reported.

Bushehr has a 1,000 megawatt reactor built by Russia that became operational in 2011 and reached full capacity the following year.

Iran sits atop several fault lines and has been hit by a series of earthquakes since November 2017, when a 7.3-magnitude tremor killed 620 people in the western province of Kermanshah and eight in Iraq.

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