The Atomic Energy Organization of Iran (AEOI) says the Bushehr nuclear power plant in the south of the country is operating as before despite a recent quake that hit a city near the facility.
A strong earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale struck the southern city of Borazjan, around 60 kilometers (35 miles) from the city of Bushehr on Thursday. The strong earthquake was followed by at least five aftershocks, the strongest of which had a magnitude of 3.4.
Behrouz Kamalvandi, the spokesman for the AEOI, told ISNA on Friday that the plant is running at full capacity.
Stressing that the Bushehr facility is among the world’s best nuclear plants in terms of meeting safety standards, Kamalvandi said that the power station can withstand strong quakes and dismissed any safety concerns in that regard.
Iran and the Russian contractor of the project Atomstroyexport have assured the international community that the facility is fully compliant with high level safety standards and the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT).
The civilian plant is also operating under the full supervision of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).