Deadly Earthquake in Iran Has Killed 30, Injured 800

A 6.3 magnitude earthquake in southwest Iran's Bushehr province has already killed 30 people and injured 800. Though the earthquake occurred 60 miles to the south of Iran's only nuclear power station, officials report that the nuclear plant has not been harmed and is working properly.

Rescue teams have been sent to the affected area, where about 10,000 people live in about 50 villages. Red Cross officials report that two of these villages were leveled when the earthquake struck at 4:22 PM local time. Aftershocks, the strongest with a 5.4 magnitude, continued after the initial shake.

Iran is susceptible to earthquakes as it is located across a major geological fault line. A major earthquake in the city of Bam in 2003 left over 25,000 fatalities.

[BBC, image via Flickr/757Live]