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Earthquake in Iran: 5 killed, 300 injured in tremor

Press TV stated that emergency and assessment teams were working and Red Crescent teams were dispatched to the area.

The tremor struck around 2:00 am Local time (5:30 pm ET on Thursday) in the Iranian province of East Azerbaijan and had more than 50 consequences, Press TV reported. He added that the buildings in the area were destroyed.

The earthquake had a shallow depth of just 8 kilometers (nearly 5 miles) according to the seismological center of Tehran University, quoted by Iranian state media.

Initial reports say three small villages in the area were destroyed by an earthquake, according to semi-official FARS news.

Iran is located on a major rift between the Arab and Eurasian plates and has experienced many earthquakes in the past.
Last year, an earthquake that struck near the Iran-Iraq border in November killed at least 361 people. [19659007] More than 400 people were killed and thousands injured when a powerful 7.3 magnitude earthquake near the Iran-Iraq border in November 2017.

The most deadly of this century occurred in 2003, when A 6.6 magnitude earthquake struck the southeastern city of Bam, killing some 26,000 people.

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