1024 GMT May 13, 2021
An earthquake measuring 5.9 on the Richter scale rocked Iran’s southern province of Bushehr near the port of Bandar Gonaveh on Sunday, causing a few casualties and minor damage to buildings and rural houses.
Several earthquakes shook Bandar Gonaveh and regions along the border between the provinces of Bushehr and Fars at around 12:30 p.m. local time on the same day, IRNA reported.
The Iranian Red Crescent Society (IRCS) announced at least five people have been injured in the quake and its aftershocks.
Also, Gholamreza Hajiouni, the IRCS managing director, said rural houses have suffered the greatest damage in the earthquake.
The society’s teams have been deployed to the area.
Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines that cover at least 90 percent of the country.
The deadliest quake in Iran's modern history happened in June 1990, devastating many areas in the northern province of Gilan and killing around 37,000 people.
In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake in the province of Kerman flattened the historic city of Bam, killing more than 26,000 people.
Power plant intact
In the aftermath of the incident, the public relations office of Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant, located in the quake-hit region, said the plant did not suffer any damage in the earthquake.
It added all equipment and installations at the plant have remained intact and the activities have not been disrupted.
In addition, Iran’s First Vice President Es’haq Jahangiri issued the required orders for assisting the victims in a phone conversation with Bushehr Province’s Governor General Abdolkarim Geravand on Sunday.
He stressed that all resources are required to be mobilized to provide assistance to and take care of the victims.