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TEHRAN, Iran (AP) -- Iran's official IRNA news agency is reporting that a 5.7 magnitude earthquake has jolted a remote area in the northeast of the country.

The Saturday report said the epicenter of the quake was the town of Pishqaleh, with a population of about 2,000 people, some 800 kilometers (498 miles) northeast of the capital Tehran.

The earthquake led to a power outage, but there have been no reports on casualties yet.

Rescue teams have been deployed, the report added.

The struck area is a farming region close to the Turkmenistan border.

Iran is prone to daily quakes at it sits on many major fault lines.

In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude earthquake flattened historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.

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