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Deadly earthquake of magnitude 5.9 strikes northwestern Iran | News

At least five people were reported killed and 120 others injured when a 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck northwestern Iran early Friday, according to state television.

The United States Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake had occurred about 60 km (35 miles) from Hastrud, East Azerbaijan province, shortly before 2:30 pm local time on Friday (2300 GMT on Thursday).

Press television confirmed the number of deaths and other casualties.

More: [19659005] The USGS issued a warning warning that "significant casualties are likely and the disaster is potentially widespread."

Images and videos posted online show a collapsed structure in Mian, also in the province of East Azerbaijan, near the epicenter of the earthquake. [1

9659006] Residents were also seen camping outside their homes or in their cars.

Khabar Online also showed several killed cattle in Mian.

Press TV quotes Mohammed Baker Honar, head of the provincial crisis management, who said eight rescue crews were stationed in areas affected by the earthquake.

There have been reports of several catastrophes since the Ince earthquake struck.

Iran sits where two large tectonic plates meet and frequent seismic activity is observed.

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

In 1990, a 7.4 magnitude earthquake in northern Iran killed 40,000 people, wounded 300,000 and left half a million homeless, reducing dozens of cities and nearly 2,000 villages to rubble. [19659006] Iran has experienced at least three other major earthquakes in recent years – one in 2005 that killed more than 600 people and another in 2012 that left about 300 dead.

In 2017, at least 600 people were killed when a 7.3 earthquake struck Iran's Kermanshah province.

Al Jazeera and news agencies

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