5 killed, 120 injured as 5.9 magnitude quake rocks Iran

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Tehran: At least five persons were killed and 120 injured as 5.9 magnitude earthquake jolted northwestern Iran, an emergency official said.

The emergency official Pirhossein Koulivand told the media about the earthquake early on Friday morning.

The reports said the tremors hit at 2:20 a.m. on Friday in Iran’s East Azerbaijan province. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 2 kilometers (1.2 miles). The US Geological Survey puts the quake’s magnitude at 5.8 at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

According to reports, Iran is located on major seismic faults and experiences one earthquake a day on average. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake had flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

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