Bushehr nuclear plant, Iran

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A powerful earthquake struck close to Iran's only nuclear power station, Bushehr nuclear plant,  in April 2013, killing/ injuring people, destroying homes and villages. However the plant was found to be safe and there was no incident of any nuclear related accident. Russian company Atomstroyexport has built the power plant. Reports suggests that Bushehr reactor sits at the intersection of three tectonic plates.

Iran is the only country operating a nuclear power plant that does not belong to the Convention on Nuclear Safety, negotiated after the 1986 nuclear disaster in Chernobyl which contaminated wide areas and made 160,000 Ukrainians homeless. Iran sits on major fault lines and has suffered several devastating earthquakes in recent years, including a 6.6 magnitude quake in 2003 which flattened the southeastern city of Bam and killed more than 25,000 people. In August more than 300 people were killed when two quakes struck the northwest.

The quake happened on National Nuclear Technology Day when Iran's leaders celebrate the technological advances they say will reduce the country's reliance on fossil fuels, leaving more of its abundant oil for export. Israel, Gulf Arab states and many Western countries fear Tehran is seeking a nuclear weapons capability and the Islamic Republic is under international sanctions aimed at forcing it to curb some of its atomic work. Iran denies it wants nuclear arms and says its atomic work is for electricity generation and other peaceful uses.

ALSO SEE : Other Nuclear Sites of Iran

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