Magnitude 5.8 earthquake hits northeastern Iran

State television says no immediate reports of casualties, but ‘teams are investigating’

The earthquake hit Sangan, in northeastern Iran. Photograph: Google Maps

The earthquake hit Sangan, in northeastern Iran. Photograph: Google Maps

 

An earthquake of magnitude 5.8 shook northeastern Iran on Thursday, state television said, but there were no immediate reports of damage or casualties.

The quake hit Sangan, a town of about 10,000 people near the border with Afghanistan, at a shallow depth of 8km (5 miles), the broadcaster added.

“We have not received any reports of casualties until this moment, but a large area has been affected, which our survey teams are investigating,” the head of the provincial emergency department, Hojjatali Shayanfar, told state TV.–Reuters