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Huge Earthquake Devastates Iran

Natural disasters can be terrifying, massively destructive, and perhaps most worryingly of all, extremely unpredictable. Because of this, natural disasters generally cause a large number of casualties and bring massive amounts of property destruction, leaving behind massive trails wherever they go.

At least 37 people were killed and hundreds more injured in a 6.1 magnitude earthquake near a nuclear plant in southern Iran on Tuesday, Iranian officials said.  The earthquake struck the town of Kaki some 96 kilometers (60 miles) southeast of Bushehr, a town on the Persian Gulf that is home of Iran’s first nuclear power plant, built with Russian help. Authorities said it did not damage a nuclear plant in the region. ‘No damage was done to Bushehr power plant,’ Bushehr provincial governor Fereidoun Hasanvand told state TV. He said 37 people died and 850 were injured, including 100 who were hospitalised.

Water and electricity has been cut to many of the residents there, and they are working to restore order to the area. Rescue teams have been despatched to try to help alleviate the situation, and Iran has announced three days of mourning as a result of the event. The quake was felt across the Gulf in Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar, where workers were evacuated from high-rise buildings as a precaution. Earlier on Sunday a lighter earthquake jolted the nearby area. Iran is located on seismic faults and it experiences frequent earthquakes.

Fortunately for us in the UK, there are very few natural disasters that occur, particularly on this scale. We may complain about terrible weather and constant rain, fog causing car accidents and so on, but remember that sometimes people are subjected to much worse natural phenomenon.

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