16 April 2013
The IAEA’s Incident and Emergency Centre (IEC) contacted the Iran Nuclear Regulatory Authority (INRA) concerning the 7.8 magnitude earthquake which occurred at 12:44 UTC today in the south-east of the country. INRA informed the IEC that the earthquake caused no damage to Bushehr Nuclear Power Plant or other nuclear facilities.
The IAEA has made an offer of good offices to Iran, indicating it is ready to help the country obtain any assistance required to ensure the safety of radioactive sources such as medical equipment that may have been affected by the earthquake. The offer is in line with IAEA’s IEC routine procedures after strong earthquakes that might affect nuclear or radiological safety.
INRA said records showed no fixed high-level radiation sources were installed in the area of the earthquake, which struck near Iran’s border with Pakistan.