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A survivor sits on the debris in front of his house on the earthquake site in a compound which has been built under the Mehr state-owned program in Sarpol-e-Zahab in western Iran, Tuesday, Nov. 14, 2017. Iran's President Hassan Rouhani says his administration will probe the cause of so much damage to buildings constructed under a state-owned program after a powerful earthquake hit the area along the border with Iraq on Sunday in which four hundred people were killed. (AP Photo/Vahid Salemi)

Magnitude 5.5 quake strikes southern Iran; felt in Bahrain

The US Geological Survey says a magnitude 5.5 earthquake has struck in southern Iran near a nuclear plant, shaking Bahrain and other areas around the Arabian Gulf. There was no immediate report of damage or injuries.

The USGS says the quake struck at 0634 GMT some 100 kilometers, about 60 miles, east of Bushehr.

Iranian state television, citing officials, described the quake as a magnitude 5.9. Varying magnitudes are common immediately after a temblor.

In Bahrain, an island kingdom off Saudi Arabia, people on social media said they felt the quake and evacuated from high-rise buildings.

Iran sits on major fault lines and is prone to near-daily earthquakes. In 2003, a 6.6-magnitude quake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

The quake,  recorded southwest of Shiraz, had no effect on UAE, NMC has tweeted.

Source: Gulf News

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