GCC countries meet over Iran nuclear radiation fears

By REUTERS
April 14, 2013 13:37






DUBAI/KHOBAR, Saudi Arabia - National emergency officials in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries met on Sunday in Saudi Arabia to discuss the risk of radiation spreading over the Gulf if Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant is damaged by another earthquake.




A 6.3-magnitude earthquake struck close to Iran's only nuclear power station last week, killing dozens of people but leaving the nearby plant undamaged, according to Iranian officials and the Russian company that built it.




There is no indication of any radiation leak following last week's tremor and the head of Iran's Atomic Energy Organization said the plant was built to withstand much bigger quakes.




But the plant on earthquake-prone Iran's southern coast is a growing worry for its neighbors, because the prevailing winds of the Gulf mean that if radiation ever does escape it would probably be blown over the Qatari capital Doha and the main oil exporting ports of the United Arab Emirates.



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