A 6.3 magnitude earthquake is being blamed for at least 32 deaths and 850 injuries in Bushehr, Iran. The quake struck 60 miles south of the country's only nuclear power plant.
Fourteen minutes later, a second quake was felt about 75 miles southwest of Shiraz, Iran.
The governor of Bushehr, Fereydoun Hassanvand, and an official with the Russian firm Atomstroyexport, told media the quake "in no way affected the normal situation at the reactor."
"Personnel continue to work in the normal regime and radiation levels are fully within the norm," the Russian official assured.
The quake was felt across the Gulf of Bahrain, the United Arab Emirates and Qatar.
"Our entire building started to wobble from side to side for around 30 seconds or so," Phil Stevens, working on the 10th floor of a building in Abu Dhabi, told the BBC.
"It was a very strange sensation, rather like being on a rocking boat. We evacuated our office and quickly learned of the earthquake in Iran," Stevens said.
Seven-hundred homes were damaged and 200 families displaced.