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Casualties reported and hundreds injured in Iran earthquake

Tehran: A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck north-western Iran early on Friday, killing at least five people and injuring more than 300 others, officials said.

The temblor struck Tark county in Iran’s Eastern Azerbaijan province at 2.17am local time, Iran’s seismological centre said. The area is some 400 kilometers northwest of Iran’s capital, Tehran.

Iran was on Friday hit by a severe earthquake. A massive quake in Sarpol-e-Zahab, western Iran, in 2017 (pictured) killed more than 300 people.

Iran was on Friday hit by a severe earthquake. A massive quake in Sarpol-e-Zahab, western Iran, in 2017 (pictured) killed more than 300 people.Credit:AP

Over 40 aftershocks rattled the rural region nestled in the Alborz Mountains, and residents rushed out of their homes in fear. The quake injured at least 312 people, state television reported, though only 13 needed to be hospitalised. It described many of the injuries happening when people fled in panic.

The head of Iran’s emergency medical services, Pirhossein Koulivand, gave the casualty figures to state television. There were no immediate video or images broadcast from the area.

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