Earthquake near Iran nuclear power plant

Earthquake near Iran nuclear power plant

Anatural, 4.9-magnitude earthquake struck Iran near the Bushehr nuclear plant Wednesday, reports said, as tensions in the Middle East soared following Iranian missile strikes on Iraqi bases housing US troops.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake struck 10 km southeast of Borazjan, Iran -- marked with a gold star on the map below -- and at a depth of 10 km.

The map shows the respective locations of the earthquake's epicentre and the city of Bushehr, near which the nuclear plant is located.

"The depth and epicenter indicate it was a natural event and unrelated to this evenings events. A similar earthquake struck in late December," the website Strategic Sentinel tweeted.

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