37 Killed, 800 Injured
A 6.3 magnitude earthquake has struck in southwest Iran, not far from the country's first nuclear power station, the US Geological Survey reported today. The quake's epicentre is 89km (55 miles) from Bushehr.
People on social media reported feeling the quake across the Gulf in Dubai and Abu Dhabi. There is no word yet on the extent of any damage. (BBC, 9 April)
UPDATE: The governor of Bushehr, Fereydoon Hasanvand, told state television on Tuesday night that at least 37 people have been killed and 800 injured in the powerful earthquake.
Shocks from the quake that hit near the southern port city of Bushehr were felt across the Persian Gulf in Bahrain, Kuwait, Qatar and the United Arab Emirates, provoking brief evacuation of some office towers. Qatar ordered evacuation of all tall residential and business buildings.