The Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran, on October 26, 2010
The Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant is pictured in southern Iran on October 26, 2010. Iran's Russian-built nuclear power plant at Bushehr was not affected by a powerful earthquake and continues its operations as normal, according to a spokesman for the Russian state nuclear corporation. © Majid Asgaripour - Mehr News/AFP/File
The Russian-built Bushehr nuclear power plant in southern Iran, on October 26, 2010
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Last updated: April 16, 2013

Iran's nuclear power plant unaffected by quake, says Russia

Iran's Russian-built nuclear power plant at Bushehr was not affected by the country's powerful earthquake on Tuesday and continues its operations as normal, a spokesman for the Russian state nuclear corporation said.

The Bushehr nuclear power plant on the Gulf is located some 950 kilometres (590 miles) west of Khash, a town near the epicentre of what Iran said was a 7.5 magnitude quake.

"A representative at the site said they did not even feel the tremors," Rosatom spokesman Sergei Novikov told AFP.

"The epicentre was far away from Bushehr."

Built by Russia despite initial protests from Israel and the United States, Bushehr began adding electricity to the Iranian power grid in 2011.

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