Skip to main content

Iran quake kills 37, injures more than 850

By CNN Staff
April 10, 2013 -- Updated 1353 GMT (2153 HKT)
Iranian soldiers and aid workers help a man carry his belongings from his house in Shanbeh on Wednesday, April 10, after a powerful earthquake destroyed it. The magnitude-6.3 quake struck southern Iran on Tuesday, April 9, killing at least 37 people, Iranian state-run media reported. The temblor was centered more than 60 miles southeast of the Bushehr nuclear plant, but Iran's Press TV said the single-reactor facility was undamaged. Iranian soldiers and aid workers help a man carry his belongings from his house in Shanbeh on Wednesday, April 10, after a powerful earthquake destroyed it. The magnitude-6.3 quake struck southern Iran on Tuesday, April 9, killing at least 37 people, Iranian state-run media reported. The temblor was centered more than 60 miles southeast of the Bushehr nuclear plant, but Iran's Press TV said the single-reactor facility was undamaged.
HIDE CAPTION
Cleanup begins after Iran quake
Cleanup begins after Iran quake
Cleanup begins after Iran quake
Cleanup begins after Iran quake
Cleanup begins after Iran quake
Cleanup begins after Iran quake
<<
<
1
2
3
4
5
6
>
>>
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: At least 37 people are dead after the earthquake, Iranian state media reports
  • More than 850 people are injured
  • No damage occurred at a nuclear plant, state media reports
  • Several aftershocks struck same area, the U.S. Geological Survey said

(CNN) -- A powerful earthquake struck southern Iran on Tuesday, killing at least 37 people but apparently sparing the nearby Bushehr nuclear plant from any damage, Iranian state-run media reported.

At least 850 people were injured, Iran's Press TV said.

The magnitude-6.3 quake was centered about 100 kilometers (63 miles) southeast of the plant, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

Press TV, citing Bushehr's governor, said the single-reactor facility was undamaged. The International Atomic Energy Agency reported that Iran had informed it of the earthquake and said that there was no damage or radioactive release at the facility.

The state-run IRNA news agency cited a plant executive as saying the facility's distance from the epicenter was the reason for the lack of damage.

However, the quake "ruined" the city of Kaki, which is near the epicenter, the state-run IRNA news agency said.

Interactive map: World's biggest earthquakes since 1900

The cities of Kormouj, Dayer and Kangan and the villages of Shanbe and Sana were also seriously damaged, IRNA reported. State media also reported landslides that had destroyed buildings and crowds gathering in towns seeking help, Reuters said.

The Iranian Red Crescent Society sent five assessment teams to coordinate rescue operations, IRNA reported, saying ambulances were sent from Tehran to assist in the rescue effort. The semi-official Fars news agency said helicopters also have been sent to help.

At least three strong aftershocks struck the same area in the hour after the quake Tuesday, according to the USGS, and Press TV said authorities expect the number of casualties to rise.

The earthquake could be felt across the Persian Gulf in Bahrain, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, where some buildings in Abu Dhabi were evacuated and some businesses sent their employees home for the day.

It was not immediately clear whether the Bushehr plant was continuing to operate in the wake of the earthquake.

Iran began construction on the plant in 1975, before the country's Islamic revolution. Russia stepped in during the 1990s to finish construction of the plant, which the IAEA says first connected to Iran's electrical grid in 2011.

Interactive: Measuring the magnitude of earthquakes

The damage that earthquakes with magnitudes of 6.0 to 6.9 can produce varies widely. Near the epicenter, quakes on the lower to middle parts of that range could leave negligible to slight damage in buildings of good design, and considerable to great damage -- such as broken or fallen walls -- in poorly designed structures, according to the USGS.

CNN's Shirzad Bozorgmehr, Phil O'Sullivan, Schams Elwazer and Saad Abedine contributed to this report.

ADVERTISEMENT
Part of complete coverage on
December 16, 2014 -- Updated 2245 GMT (0645 HKT)
Pakistan Taliban say the school attack was revenge for the killing of children in a military offensive -- but they are being pressed by defections to ISIS.
A group that claims it hacked Sony Pictures has posted a public threat against moviegoers who see Sony's "The Interview."
December 18, 2014 -- Updated 0243 GMT (1043 HKT)
The gunman behind the deadly siege in Sydney this week was not on a security watch list, and Australia's Prime Minister wants to know why.
December 18, 2014 -- Updated 0948 GMT (1748 HKT)
Bestselling author Marjorie Liu had set her sights on being a lawyer, but realized it wasn't what she wanted to do for the rest of her life.
December 16, 2014 -- Updated 2027 GMT (0427 HKT)
CNN's Matthew Chance looks into an HRW report saying Russia has "legalized discrimination against LGBT people."
December 16, 2014 -- Updated 0212 GMT (1012 HKT)
The Sydney siege has brought home some troubling truths to Australians. They are not immune to what are often called "lone-wolf" terror attacks.
December 16, 2014 -- Updated 0012 GMT (0812 HKT)
A social media campaign condemning Islamophobia under the hashtag #illridewithyou has taken off after Sydney hostage siege.
Bill Cosby has kept quiet as sexual assault allegations mounted against him, but his wife, Camille, finally spoke out in defense of her husband.
December 15, 2014 -- Updated 1144 GMT (1944 HKT)
China-bound AirAsia flight turns back to Bangkok after passenger throws water over crew member.
December 15, 2014 -- Updated 1026 GMT (1826 HKT)
It takes Nepalese eye doctor, Sanduk Ruit about five minutes to change someone's life.
December 16, 2014 -- Updated 1054 GMT (1854 HKT)
This epic journey crosses 13,000 kilometers, eight countries over 21 days. Find out where.
December 19, 2014 -- Updated 1431 GMT (2231 HKT)
Each day, CNN brings you an image capturing a moment to remember, defining the present in our changing world.
Browse through images from CNN teams around the world that you don't always see on news reports.
ADVERTISEMENT