Deadly 5.8 magnitude quake hits northwestern Iran

An quake in northwestern Iran killed at least four people and injured 70 early on Friday, according to Iranian media reports quoting officials.

"Rescue teams and helicopters have been dispatched to the quake-hit areas and hospitals are on full alert to help injured people", Iran's emergency medical services chief, Pirhossein Kolivand, told state TV.

No injuries or damage were reported.

The temblor struck Tark county in Iran's Eastern Azerbaijan province at 2:17 a.m. local time, Iran's seismological center said.

The Iranian state television broadcast images of people who had fled their homes warming themselves around a fire lit on a public highway.

Numerous people were injured while trying to flee their houses in panic.

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A 3.Four-magnitude quake adopted at 5: 05 a.m.

Up to 30 homes were destroyed near the epicentre, it added.

The U.S. Geological Survey puts the quake's magnitude at 5.8 at a depth of about six miiles.

A rescue worker searches the debris with his sniffing dog on the quake site in Sarpol-e-Zahab in western Iran, Tuesday, November 14, 2017.

Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, being crossed by several major fault lines that cover at least 90% of the country.

A magnitude 6.6 natural disaster destroyed the historic city of Bam in southeast Iran in 2003, killing 26,000 people. Shallower earthquakes are more likely to cause greater damage.

  • Sonia Alvarado