TEHRAN, IRAN (NEWS1130) – A 6.2-magnitude earthquake killed at least 180 people and injured over 1,350 others in northwestern Iran today

Iran’s main news channel says the quake hit the towns of Ahar, Haris and Varzaqan in East Azerbaijan province at 4:53 p.m. local time (GMT 12:23), also damaging hundreds of homes.

The broadcast also says at least 60 villages sustained damage ranging from 50 to 80 per cent, while four other villages had been totally levelled to the ground.

The TV says at least three aftershocks, measuring 6.0, 4.7 and 4.1, jolted the same area and were felt in a wide region near the Caspian Sea.

Iran is located on seismic fault lines and is prone to earthquakes. It experiences at least one earthquake every day on average, although the vast majority are so small they go unnoticed.