Just after 2:00 on Friday morning, a massive earthquake struck near the town of Tark in Iran. Crowd stampedes were mostly to blame for the 300 people injured following the earthquake, according to local state-run media.
Iran sits on the border of two convergent tectonic plates, which makes the country highly susceptible to large scale earthquakes. A 7.3 magnitude earthquake in 2017 killed more than 630 people in Iran and Iraq and injured thousands more.
Some reported feeling the quake in the capital city of Tehran, nearly 400 kilometres away from the epicentre.
Hospitals are on high alert while officials are distributing emergency kits which include food, shelter, and other supplies.