At least five people were killed and hundreds more injured in an earthquake in north-western Iran on Friday.
The 5.9-magnitude tremor struck in the early hours of Friday in East Azerbaijan province, according to Iran’s Seismological Center.
Iran sits on two major tectonic plates and is prone to frequent seismic activity.
The quake struck near the town of Tark, some 400km north-west of the capital Tehran, at 02:17 local time.
It injured at least 520 people in addition to the five people that were killed.
More than 60 aftershocks have been reported in Iran.
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In November 2017, a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck near the Iranian province of Kermanshah leaving some 830 people dead and 8,100 injured. The regime failed to provide government aid to victims. Two years on, many in the region still live in makeshift homes, such as tents or cars, which contributes to a severe physical and mental health crisis.