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.