A magnitude 5.9 Earthquake in northwestern Iran early Friday killed five people and over 70 injured, the official said.
The 5.9-magnitude quake struck about 120 kilometres southeast of the city of Tabriz, in East Azerbaijan Province at 2:17 a.m., the Iranian Seismological Center said.
More than 40 aftershocks rocked the rural area nestled in the Alborz Mountains and residents rushed out of their homes. The earthquake injured at least 312 people, national television reported, but only 13 people needed to be hospitalized.
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.
Iran sits where two major tectonic plates meet and experiences frequent seismic activity.
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