A 4.9 magnitude earthquake has struck near to an Iranian nuclear power plant. The earthquake hit 10km south-east of Borazjan, around 30 miles away from the country’s Bushehr site, at 3.19am this morning.
The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the earthquake had a depth of 10 kilometres, indicating that it was a natural event and not linked to Iran’s missile attacks on US airbases.
Iran has fired missiles at two US military bases in Iraq where US troops are based, in what it says is retaliation for the US airstrike that killed senior Iranian general Qasem Soleimani.
More than a dozen ballistic missiles were launched from Iran which struck two air bases in Irbil and Al Asad, west of Baghdad at 2:00am local time (10.30pm GMT).
It still remains unclear whether there have been any casualties as a result of the strikes.
It comes as a Ukrainian passenger plane crashed near Tehran shortly after taking off.
All 176 people on board the flight have died, according to Iran’s Press TV.
However, the statement was later removed from the embassy’s website and replaced by a statement saying it was too early to draw any conclusions about what had happened.
Three Britons are among the dead, officials in Kyiv have confirmed.
Ukraine’s foreign minister, Vadim Prystaiko, said that there were also 82 Iranians, 63 Canadians and 11 Ukrainians on board – the Ukrainian nationals included two passengers and the nine crew.
There were also 10 Swedish, four Afghan and three German nationals among the passengers.
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