A 5.9-Magnitude Earthquake Hit Close to the Iran-Iraq Border

An earthquake rattled Iran's Kermanshah province early Sunday and left hundreds injured.

There are plans for at least five rescue teams to search for casualties after the 5.9-magnitude earthquake struck close to the Iran-Iraq border, near the city Tazehabad, the Tasnim news agency reported on Sunday.

Local authorities told the Tasnim news agency that at least 241 people have been injured and three have died. Crisis management meetings are underway, Governor of Kermanshah Province Houshang Bazvand told Tasnim.

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The quake damaged at least 2,600 homes. As many as 600 buildings were completely destroyed, local authorities told the Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA).

More than 200 miles from the Iran border, residents in Baghdad told CNN they felt the ground shake.

"Oh my gosh. My furniture moved across the floor," one resident said. "I had to call and check all my relatives were OK."

"Literally, the bed was shaking," another said.

Most of the casualties were in the city of Tazehabad, northeast of Kermanshah, according to Tasnim.

Earthquakes are not uncommon in Iran. The country sits on several geological fault lines and is prone to seismic events.

Last November more than 400 people were killed when a 7.3-magnitude earthquake hit close to the Iran-Iraq border. In 2013 a catastrophic magnitude 6.6 earthquake destroyed the historic city of Bam in south Iran and left 26,000 people dead.