At least five people were killed and hundreds injured in an earthquake in northwestern Iran.
The 5.9 magnitude earthquake that occurred in the early morning hours of Friday in the East Azerbaijani province was reported by the Iranian earthquake center.
Most injuries were caused by crowds.
Iran sits on two large tectonic plates and is prone to frequent seismic activity.
In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake destroyed the historic city of Bam in the southeast of the country, killing 26,000 people.
- The Iranian-Iraqi earthquake is the deadliest in 2017.
What happened to the recent quake?
Near the town of Tark, About 400 km northwest of the capital Tehran, at 02:17 local time (22:47 GMT).
The quake not only killed five people, but injured 312 – if only a dozen or more required hospitalizations.
"Rescue teams and helicopters have been dispatched to areas affected by the quake, and hospitals are on alert to help those injured," Pirhossein Kolivand, chief of the Iranian ambulance service, told state television.
The state television IRINN TV reported that most injuries were due to overcrowding as people stormed out of their homes in panic.
Up to 30 houses have been destroyed near the epicenter. More than 60 aftershocks were reported.
Rescue teams are deployed in 41 villages, but most of the damage was recorded in the two villages of Varnakesh and Varzaghan, provincial governor Mohammad-Reza Pourmohammadi said.
Emergency services distributed survival kits, cooking equipment, blankets and tents, according to AFP News Agency.
According to the US Geological Survey, the epicenter of the earthquake was located at a depth of 10 km, although the earthquake center is located in Iran, it was at a depth of 8 km. Lower earthquakes are more likely to cause major damage.
Trembling was reportedly reported as far as Tehran.