It was indeed an eventful day in Iran: the country just fired missiles at US forces stationed in Iraq and a plane carrying at least 176 people crashed shortly after taking off from Tehran on Wednesday, killing everyone on board – Iran Earthquake
Just before dawn, the US Geological Survey of the United States reported that an earthquake of 4.5 magnitude struck southern Iran at a depth of about six miles, in the same area as the troubled Bushehr nuclear plant. The strike hit while Iranian leaders were striking at two Iraqi bases harbored by US forces, in response to the US strike of unmanned aerial vehicles last week that killed Major General Qassim Suleimani, commander of Iranian security and intelligence services.
The nuclear plant is designed to withstand earthquakes of up to 9 degrees. Iran has a large seismicity and is subject to frequent earthquakes. Its harsh mountain view can prevent damage from mild to moderate earthquakes.
An earthquake occurred on Wednesday, after Iran launched ballistic missiles at two Iraqi bases housing US military personnel. The country had earlier threatened revenge for the killing of Quds Force commander Qassim Suleimani , a military official said the Trump administration said was planning “imminent” terrorist attacks against US diplomats and soldiers in the area.
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Also on Wednesday, more than 170 people died on a Ukrainian passenger plane when the plane crashed shortly after take-off from Imam Khomeini International Airport, south of Tehran.
In the wake of the killing of Qassim Suleimani last week, Iran said it had ended its commitment to the 2015 nuclear agreement with world powers.
Bushehr plant was opened in August 2010, and it is not only the first nuclear plant for Iran, but the first civilian reactor in the Middle East.