A general view shows ruins of buildings after an earthquake hit Shonbeh town in Bushehr province in southern Iran, 10 April 2013. (EPA)

November 9, 2019

Iran’s state TV is saying the number of injured people from a magnitude 5.9 earthquake on Friday has jumped to 520 from more than 300.

Saturday’s report said the updated figure followed the end of rescue operations in more than 80 remote villages Tark county in Iran’s Eastern Azerbaijan province, some 400 kilometers (250 miles) northwest of the capital, Tehran.

It said 28 were hospitalized and the rest released with minor injuries, adding that the death toll has remained at five people.

Iran experiences an earthquake per day on average. In 2003, a magnitude 6.6 earthquake flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

In 2017, a magnitude 7 earthquake struck western Iran and killed more than 600 people and injured more than 9,000.

AP

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