At least five killed, hundreds injured as deadly earthquake hits NW Iran

At least five people have been killed and 120 others injured after 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck northwestern Iran.

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Friday’s earthquake hit 57 kilometers (35 miles) from the city of Hashtrud in East Azerbaijan.

Initial reports on the disaster indicated that three small villages in the area were destroyed in the quake.

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Emergency and evaluation teams are operating and Red Crescent teams have been dispatched to the area.

Iran sits on a major fault line between the Arabian and Eurasian plates and has experienced many earthquakes in the past.

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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 earthquake in 2003 that killed at least 31,000 people.

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