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At least five people have been killed and 120 others injured after a 5.8-magnitude quake struck northwestern Iran, Iranian state-owned Press TV reported.

A magnitude 5.9 quake struck northwestern Iran early Friday, killing at least five people and injuring over 300 others, officials said.

The 5.9-magnitude tremor struck in the early hours of Friday in East Azerbaijan province, Iran's Seismological Center said.

It struck near the town of Tark, some 400km (250 miles) north-west of the capital Tehran, at 02:17 local time (22:47 GMT).

Most of the injuries were caused by crowd stampedes, state-run TV reports.

In 1990, a 7.4-magnitude quake in northern Iran killed 40 000 people, injured 300 000 and left half a million homeless, reducing dozens of towns and almost 2 000 villages to rubble.

Iran is prone to earthquakes as it sits on major fault lines and experiences an average of one temblor a day.

The country has suffered a number of major disasters in recent decades, including at the ancient city of Bam, which was decimated by a catastrophic quake in 2003 that killed at least 31 000 people.

Rescuers have been dispatched to the region, officials said. More than 60 aftershocks have been reported.

The quake had a shallow depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), which would have amplified the shaking. Consider reporting what you felt to the USGS.



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