An earthquake of at least 5.5 magnitude struck southern Iran last week, just 60 miles from the country’s Bushehr nuclear power plant. Iran media has reported that the plant was not damaged by the quake which occurred at around 11am local time April 19., 2018
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) reported the earthquake's magnitude at 5.5, though Iranian state television quoted officials who said it registered at 5.9.
Iran’s sole nuclear plant, around 60 miles from the city of Bushehr, has previously survived several earthquakes without damage since coming online in 2011.
Officials at Kuwait’s Ministry of Electricity and Water expressed concern in 2013 that earthquake damage to the Bushehr reactor could have a negative impact on water in the Persian Gulf.
Kuwaiti sources said at the time that the Bushehr reactor, located 240 kilometers from the Kuwaiti shore, could cause radioactive pollution in the Persian Gulf, which in turn could pose threat to desalinated water in the country.
“If waters of the Persian Gulf are contaminated with radioactive materials, this would mean a water crisis in the country,” a source said then.
Other GCC countries have also warned of the possible negative impacts the Bushehr reactor could have on the environment in the Gulf region.