According to the U.S. Geological Survey, southern Iran near the Nuclear Power Plant (NPP) was rocked by an earthquake measuring 5.0 on the Richter Scale. The quake occurred at 09:40 local time on February 2, 2012.

Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant located 70 kilometers from the earthquake, with epicenter 10 kilometers deep. So far no reports of casualties or damage at the Bushehr NPP caused by the quake.

Bushehr NPP is a nuclear power plant built by a German company in 1975. However, the company stopped building after the U.S. imposed embargo on high technology supplies to Iran, due to Iran's Islamic Revolution in 1979 and the attack on the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.

Then Russia signed a cooperation contract with Iran to complete the Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant in February 1998. Russian Foreign Minister, in March 2011 to ensure that the Bushehr NPP has facilities to withstand earthquakes, as concerns that arise after the Fukushima nuclear disaster in Japan. Lavrov also said that the operation of nuclear installations is long overdue continued to be under the supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency.

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