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    NUCLEAR POWER PLANT IN BUSHEHR UNDAMAGED BY EARTHQUAKE

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    TEHRAN, March 2, 2004. (RIA Novosti correspondent Nikolai Terekhov) -- There are no victims among Russian specialists and no damage in the area of the Bushehr nuclear power plant following Tuesday's earthquake, Kadyrzhan Orunov, the Russian ambassador's assistant for security affairs, reported from the place.

    According to him, "after the first underground tremors, which were felt at 10:50 a.m. Moscow time, all workers and Russian specialists, fearing for repeated shocks, immediately left all buildings and structures." "So far no damage has been reported, nor there are any victims, while areas adjoining the facility are being explored," the diplomat added.

    The magnitude of underground tremors recorded in the area of the populated locality of Ahram in Bushehr Province reached 5.1 points on the Richter scale, RIA Novosti was told at the geophysical centre of Tehran University. This populated locality is situated not far from the Bushehr nuclear power plant being built by Russian specialists on the Iran's Persian Gulf coast.

    An earthquake with a magnitude of 6.3 points on the Richter scale, which occurred in the south-eastern Iranian town of Bam on December 26, 2003, killed more than 40,000 people and injured over 30,000. The town has been practically razed to the ground.

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