A 6.3 magnitude earthquake has killed more than 30 people and injured 850 in south-west Iran, officials say. Rescue teams have been sent to the affected area, but darkness is hampering rescue operations. The quake struck 90km (60 miles) south of the country´s only nuclear power station in Bushehr, the US Geological Survey (USGS) says. However, the nuclear plant has not been affected and is working normally, officials have said. The quake was felt across the Gulf in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Bahrain. Bushehr´s governor Fereydun Hasanvand told Iranian television that of those wounded,
Comments: There is something "strange" in the way that our English is used in a story about an 6.3 earthquake in Iran. It happens in a port city, like Japan, but the alleged nuclear reactor is fine. They use the word "wounded" to describe hurt people.
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lil dotty, 4/10/2013 12:25:48 AM (No. 9267876)
Didn´t Iran have another quake a month or so ago? It was reported (by Russia?)but not confirmed; then, in bits and pieces of info were released that a number of persons were trapped underground. Seem to remember it, too, was in an area close to a nuclear facility.
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