NBC News: ‘Devastating’ quake strikes near nuclear plant (VIDEO)

Published: April 9th, 2013 at 2:53 pm ET


NBC News, April 9, 2013: ‘Devastating’ quake strikes near Iran’s Bushehr nuclear plant, kills 20 […] A magnitude-6.3 earthquake struck near Iran’s only nuclear power station Tuesday, killing 20 people and injuring 500, according to one report, and generating tremors that were felt on the other side of the Persian Gulf. The quake struck about 60 miles southeast of the city of Bushehr on Iran’s south coast, the U.S. Geological Survey said. […] Government news agency IRNA described the quake as “devastating” […] Iran insists its nuclear plant at Bushehr is for civilian purposes, but there is international concern that the regime may be building nuclear weapons. […]

Reuters, April 9, 2013 at 2:10p ET: A powerful earthquake struck close to Iran’s only nuclear power station on Tuesday, killing 32 people and injuring 850 as it destroyed homes and devastated two small villages, Iranian media reported. The 6.3 magnitude quake totally destroyed one village, a Red Crescent official told the Iranian Students’ News Agency (ISNA), but the nearby Bushehr nuclear plant was undamaged, according to Iranian officials and the Russian company that built it. […]

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Published: April 9th, 2013 at 2:53 pm ET


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46 comments to NBC News: ‘Devastating’ quake strikes near nuclear plant (VIDEO)

  • jec jec

    Earthquake, I caught it earlier but did not realize the nuke plant was there. Quite a few aftershocks as well. Darn it. It has the potential of messing up any land that DIDNT get a full dose of Fukushima. Southern Hemisphere looks very attractive right now. The countries helping install the nuclear facility in Iran are probably packing their suitcases as its THEIR are in the fallout target zone.
    You can hear a pin drop in China and Russia and Pakistan and India (plus all the small nations in Asia and the Pacific areas)..while they wait and watch..

  • Time Is Short Time Is Short

    The Fuku fallout spread worldwide within 40 days, and is still spreading. All future nuclear accidents are only going to accelerate what is already taking place.

    Our atmosphere is a polluted nuclear soup, with the world's oceans soon to follow. The lethal bio-cycle is already complete.

  • Clover23

    I wonder if this was a natural earthquake or one caused my geoengineering (HAARP, for example). It's quite a coincidence that the quake would occur right next to Iran's only nuclear plant.

    • Thrashedcrow

      Wouldn't be surprised, seeing that there are at least 5 stationary HAARP systems in the world. Imagine what combined use could cause.

    • BreadAndButter BreadAndButter

      60 miles away is not exactly "right next to"…..btw haarp stuff belongs to off-topic section 😉

    • We Not They Finally

      NOT ONLY THAT. The characteristic signature of a HAARP-induced earthquake is 10 km deep. This one was 10 km deep. Doesn't mean for sure that it was HAARP, but does make it a candidate!

    • Heart of the Rose Heart of the Rose

      Probably.OT…but I'm slinging one over the fence anyway..

      The Path To WW3: HAARP Targeting Iran Nuclear Reactors with Earthquakes
      Sept.18 2012


      • redwing redwing

        Don't see why it's OT…

        Fukushima may be the immediate threat, but the long-term threat is clearly the tactic introduced by Israel of targeting other nations' nuclear facilities.

        I truly believe that this will be the final trigger, and it won't be the result of an Israeli attack, but when they get their richly deserved payback and we all get to watch as Dimona burns.

        In any case, the U.S. using HAARP to do Israel's bidding here is hardly surprising. I can't say I understand how HAARP works to create earthquakes, but I've little doubt that if the capability existed, the U.S. would jump at its master's command to use it.

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    These things are starting to remind me of the way trailer parks seem to attract tornadoes in the Midwest USA. Considering the number of accidents and disasters around the NPP's in general, they had better consider magnitudes of levels of higher safety in future designs.

    Factor 1, off this planet would remove much of the concern regarding things that are out of their control.

  • 16Penny 16Penny

    Perhaps this will be the straw that breaks the camels back.

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    MAP: http://earthquake.usgs.gov/earthquakes/recenteqsww/Maps/10/50_30.php
    • Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 11:52:50 UTC
    • Tuesday, April 09, 2013 at 03:22:50 PM at epicenter •
    28.500°N, 51.591°E
    10 km (6.2 miles)
    89 km (55 miles) SE of Bandar Bushehr, Iran
    92 km (57 miles) SSE of Borazjan, Iran
    103 km (64 miles) WSW of Firuzabad, Iran
    124 km (77 miles) S of Kazerun, Iran

    Bushehr NPP
    28°49′46.64″N 50°53′09.46″E

    This earthquake is 48.4 mi (77.94 km) SW from Bushehr nuclear power plant

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    The Next Chernobyl?
    January 2, 2013
    “…Bushehr, however, could turn out to be the most dangerous piece of Iran’s nuclear puzzle for another reason: haphazard planning and ongoing technical problems mean it could be the next Chernobyl, igniting a humanitarian disaster and explosive economic damage across the oil-rich region.
    “Technical problems in the past 12 months have raised serious concerns about Iran’s capacity to competently operate the facility. The plant was shut down in October to limit potential damage following the discovery of stray bolts found beneath its fuel cells, the Reuters news agency reported, citing a Russian industry source. Western officials expressed concern about the plant after an I.A.E.A report in November stated that Iran had informed the agency about unexpected fuel transfers. Last week, the emir of Kuwait, Sheik Sabah al-Ahmad al-Sabah, called upon Tehran to work more closely with the I.A.E.A. “to ensure the safety of the region’s state and its people.”
    “Meanwhile, Russian scientists have delayed the transfer of operations to their Iranian counterparts. That is now expected to occur in March.
    “Also troubling is the fact that Bushehr sits on an active fault line, raising the risks of a Fukushima-type catastrophe. Unless action is taken, the likelihood of an accident is far too high for the international community to ignore.

    • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

      “A Chernobyl-type nuclear meltdown in Bushehr would not only inflict severe damage in southern Iran, but also in the six oil and gas-rich Gulf Cooperation Council countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. Indeed, the capitals of those states are closer to Bushehr than Tehran. Nuclear radiation in the air and water would disrupt the Strait of Hormuz shipping, the world’s most important oil choke point. Oil prices would skyrocket. The world economy would face a hurricane.
      “With prevailing winds blowing from east to west in the gulf, and coastal currents that circle counterclockwise, radiation fallout would contaminate oil fields and desalination plants that provide fresh water for local inhabitants. This would be an unmitigated disaster for the gulf states that rely on desalination plants for water, and would also threaten the U.S. Navy’s Fifth Fleet, stationed in Bahrain….”

      • Sickputer

        All the more reason an airstrike by the Israelis might backfire completely. The deterrent becomes the massive fallout from meltdowns as much as the original intended reprocessing ability for future bombs. The plant is already is a bomb in situ. Talk about a scenario for a Holy War…this plant easily becomes a permanent martyr for jihad.

  • dave14139

    And the Ruskies built the Iranian plant???? Yikes!

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Yeah, they should have had GE build them. (snickers)
      Hey, don't knock Russian craft! They make some real nice felt boots. U should get some, nuclear winter seems to be about here.

  • Atomfritz Atomfritz

    Don't worry.
    If Bushehr goes kaboom now, the fallout will hit Israel. 🙂
    Just checked weather situation.

    • timemachine2020 timemachine2020

      Atomfritz – you are a very sick individual to wish nuclear fallout on ANYONE! PERIOD!

  • pb_praha pb_praha

    ok guys n gals, so i registered here so that i can share my observations.

    1. why is it the "next Chernobyl" and not the "next Fukushima" ? did't they hear about it at the NYT? or is it just too raw of a comparison?

    2. a quick glance at the ol' google maps reveals that all the countries listed as being *maybe* in danger (Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates) are all at least twice the distance from Fuku to Tokyo… so.. what gives? our enemy's fallout is obviously much much more evil than that of our friends.

    For the record, I'm not supporting or endorsing Iran's nuclear program any more than I support that any other country's.

    But I needed to point out (if indeed that is even necessary here) the hypocrisy and general double-standardness of our media.

    p.s. i've been lurking here for a long time and very much appreciate everyone's hard work and comments.

  • We Not They Finally

    HAARP-induced earthquakes are 10 km deep. THIS earthquake was 10 km deep. Which is shallow for an earthquake and thus will cause maximum damage. Does it mean HAARP for sure? It means it's a CANDIDATE for having been induced by HAARP, yes. If it IS HAARP, then I guess someone thought it would be better to be able to "blame it on nature" than to have missiles flying.

  • or-well

    Like a wet dog
    shaking water from fur,
    with water-drop fans in the air being dispersed,
    nuke plants are but drops to the shaking earth
    but spray radioactive will our lives curse.

    There's no stopping quakes or effects adverse
    from nuke plant mistakes. There's nothing worse.
    Our genomes at stake. Too late to rehearse.
    The play is on. For what it's worth,
    there still will be Dawn, if not human births.

    It's a big place, this Universe,
    but our home is a tiny drop we must nurse
    with care, even if we are to disappear.
    It's only fair we show some compassion
    for other life forms, even by our last actions
    if for no other reason than satisfaction
    that we embraced Love as our reaction
    to our plays' final days on the stage to extinction.

    • rachelmouse

      Oh I have missed you so or-well. I cannot write heroic verse. But I can say the N.E. is dry and half-dead looking this date. Nothing in bloom or even approaching it on April 9. Today thermometer broke 70 for first time.(last year happened 3/11 and was eerie; son got very sick landscaping in the rain + I started reading the only news in town) Seen a few buffleheads, mallards geese pairing up on the ponds, but numbers are down. Lillies and sedum and crocuses pressing up where you rake, but looking desperate and dust blows everywhere from sanding/salting through our heavy heavy snows of February. The earth does not seem to have the energy for spring.


        been working the soil in my garden rachelmouse and noticed an unusually small amount of worms. Can't call it anything more than suspicion as I recalled a much higher count in a given area. I've been digging down to the clay and encountered only a few night-crawlers and equally small count of regular worms. I'm hoping it's only Fuku-generated paranoia coming into play…

        • unincredulous unincredulous

          I planted some flowers today. I turned up earth and have seen a butt load of worms. Don't worry. They are just on vacation here in Kentucky. Even worms gotta have a break from this constant bad news. Today was so beautifully stressful. Sunshine, nice breeze, 8 pm, It just got dark and its still 75 degrees. The worms are all here my man


            good to know unincredulous. I'm hoping it's just my paranoia…

            • Time Is Short Time Is Short

              There are plenty of species disappearing around the US. If you haven't got it yet, you will.

              We have almost no birds, spiders, bees, ants, aphids, certainly no butterflies. It's all just working its' way up the food chain, AS.

              There is much going on that the biologists aren't allowed to talk about. On POD.

      • NoPrevarication NoPrevarication


        Take heart! Spring is in full bloom in Florida and is slowly moving up the country.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      Lose weight and stop smoking
      I say you must be joking,
      The wealthy elite are too good
      to put up with , I should take up toking
      The drug of my choice I left in the hood
      Tonight I thought I could drown the bad news
      with a drink but this news keeps getting worse
      A big red dot on a white hearse
      In youth a weed made a day fun
      In old age, a weed for not choking
      on radio-ation.
      Damn my self control

  • A bit bass ackwards. It's New Moon before 3 eclipses, all hell is breaking lose. The Ruskies were taking care of their own in Kamchatka (see the de-energised look on Infra Red. The Chinese were using theirs in the Pacific too. I think they've found the Jap plate bounced under the Pacific plate, they've been using New and Full Moons to try and pull it out so Japan has a future..


    Syria was in line for this stress last fortnight, ironic.

    • unincredulous unincredulous

      How much does a New full moon cost. It would be nice to see Japan pull its head out of its…future

  • Dr. Anne Lee Tomlinson Maziar anne

    4.2 2013/04/09 23:33:34
    28.480 51.887 10.1 SOUTHERN IRAN

    4.4 2013/04/09 21:53:40
    28.343 51.640 10.0 SOUTHERN IRAN

    4.1 2013/04/09 21:18:22
    28.521 51.584 10.0 SOUTHERN IRAN

    4.8 2013/04/09 20:54:16
    28.276 51.675 9.9 SOUTHERN IRAN

    4.4 2013/04/09 19:10:34
    28.407 51.626 10.1 SOUTHERN IRAN

    4.3 2013/04/09 18:59:09
    28.516 51.711 10.0 SOUTHERN IRAN

    4.4 2013/04/09 17:21:00
    28.510 51.738 9.5 SOUTHERN IRAN
    4.7 2013/04/09 16:32:32
    28.446 51.685 10.0 SOUTHERN IRAN

    4.2 2013/04/09 15:05:46
    28.146 51.705 10.0 SOUTHERN IRAN
    4.8 2013/04/09 14:44:52
    28.394 51.666 10.0 SOUTHERN IRAN

    4.8 2013/04/09 13:30:42
    28.308 51.654 10.0 SOUTHERN IRAN
    4.2 2013/04/09 13:03:24
    28.497 51.565 10.0 SOUTHERN IRAN

    4.7 2013/04/09 12:47:47
    28.359 51.724 10.0 SOUTHERN IRAN
    4.7 2013/04/09 12:41:05
    28.415 51.691 10.0 SOUTHERN IRAN
    5.4 2013/04/09 12:05:40
    28.491 51.685 10.0 SOUTHERN IRAN
    6.3 2013/04/09 11:52:50
    28.500 51.591 10.0 SOUTHERN IRAN

    Sorry, I put these in the wromg place before.

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    On no, another Fukushima disaster. Yawn. Getting so old. Can't we get Israel to bomb it already? Still some environment left…

  • unincredulous unincredulous

    Highly recommend these canned margaritas…

  • lickerface lickerface

    You have all got to read the comments here at the NBC broadcast URL posted in the original news release above: http://worldnews.nbcnews.com/_news/2013/04/09/17670371-devastating-quake-strikes-near-irans-bushehr-nuclear-plant-kills-dozens?discussion=true&isMobile=true

    First you will notice there's some agents hard at work, particularly username "SP-3268112". Then later someone mentions how the NBC link released the news hours before the quake. Can someone confirm this?

    Here's the user's post:

    " it is interesting how nbc news got this story BEFORE the quake took place. Upon a google search, I see that NBC posted their story 6 HOURS ago..when this supposedly happened at around 6-7am ET. That means they had the story when I searched at 8am…at 2am, which is 5 hours prior to the event.Then I see when I search now for the story..that it is erased, and they "updated" their article, so it now says 40 something minutes ago. So did someone say whoops, and adjusted the article time, while not changing a single word of the article? Way to go."