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Two earthquakes hit Iran near nuclear plant

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Posted at 9:16 AM, Jan 08, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-08 09:17:36-05

(WTXL) — A magnitude 4.9 earthquake hit Iran early Wednesday morning and was followed by a second magnitude 4.5 earthquake an hour later, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The quakes struck near Iran's Bushehr nuclear plant.

Tuesday, the country launched a retaliatory missile attack targeting the Al-Asad Airbase and Erbil Airbase in Iraq where U.S. troops are stationed. Iranian leaders previously vowed a military response after the U.S. launched an attack that killed Iranian General Qasem Soleimani last week.

After the missile attack, 179 people died in a Ukraine International Airlines plane crash that went down near Tehran’s Imam Khomeini International Airport.

At this time, nothing suggests that the earthquake or the plane crash were related to the attacks.

According to the Associated Press, Iran is on major seismic faults and experiences one earthquake a day on average.