Magnitude 6 earthquake hits Iran

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Several people have been killed and dozens were reported injured in a 5.9-magnitude quake that struck Iran some 60km (35 miles) from the town of Hastrud in East Azerbaijan Province.

Friday's natural disaster hit 57 kilometers (35 miles) from the city of Hashtrud in East Azerbaijan Province, at 2.17 a.m. local time (5.47 p.m. ET), according to the US Geological Survey. That's some 250 miles northwest of Iran's capital, Tehran.

The head of Iran's emergency medical services, Pirhossein Koulivand, gave the casualty figures to state television.

Rescuers have been dispatched to the region, officials said. Geological Survey said the quake's epicenter was at a depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).

Just before 5 a.m. a 3.3 magnitude quake hit the same area, but was only felt by 17 people.

Iran sits where two major tectonic plates meet and experiences frequent seismic activity.

According to the USGS, there was one report of people feeling the temblor in the Bradley area.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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