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Quake Strikes Bandar Abbas in Southern Iran

Bandar Abbas where a quake struck on Monday is to the east of Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant.

An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.4 with a depth of 20 kilometers struck Qaleh Qazi near Bandar Abbas in Iran's southern Hormozgan Province at 17:19 local time on Monday.

"Survey teams have been dispatched to the area but so far casualties or destruction has not been reported," the Crisis Management Director General of Hormozgan Province was quoted by Mehr News Agency as saying.

On December 27 the U.S. Geological Survey said that a 5.1-magnitude earthquake with a depth of centered 53 kilometers (33 miles) had struck east of Bushehr in southern Iran. Casualties or destruction was not reported.

Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant is located in Bushehr Province to the west of Bandar Abbas.

Earthquakes with a magnitude of 5 or higher generally can cause substantial damage.

Iran is prone to earthquakes as it sits on major fault lines and experiences an average of one temblor a day. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 quake in Kerman province killed 31,000 people and flattened the ancient city of Bam.