Magnitude 5.9 quake jolts region of northwestern Iran

The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 5.8 quake struck at 2:17 a.m. 83 km southwest of Ardabil

The US Geological Survey said the magnitude 5.8 quake struck at 2:17 a.m. 83 km southwest of Ardabil

A 3.4 magnitude natural disaster hit Ventura overnight on Thursday, according to the United States Geological Survey.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 5.8 quake struck at 2:17 a.m. (2247 GMT) 83 km (52 miles) southwest of Ardabil. That's some 250 miles northwest of Iran's capital, Tehran. State TV reported the quake destroyed 30 homes at its epicenter. It says the temblor occurred at a depth of two kilometres (1.2 miles). Shallow earthquakes tend to cause more damage.

Iran is located on major seismic faults and experiences one quake a day on average.

The country has suffered a number of major disasters in recent decades, including at the ancient city of Bam, which was decimated by a catastrophic quake in 2003 that killed at least 31,000 people.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

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