By G9ija

A 5.7-magnitude quake shook the southern part of Iran on Monday leaving one person dead and four injured, local media reported.

The earthquake struck 84 km (52 miles) east of the Iranian city of Ahvaz – a town in the Khuzestan province which hosts the third-largest oil field in the world.

The tremor struck at a depth of 17 km (10.5 miles), according to Iranian news outlet IRNA, with several aftershocks being reported after the first big quake.

The cities of Shadegan, Masjed Soleiman, Hamidieh, Shoshtar have also been affected by the quake, with several buildings being destroyed.

The area is some 450 km (280 miles) southwest of the capital, Tehran.

The Iranian state TV said rescue teams were deployed to surrounding rural areas as well as the cities to help those in need.

The quake has been felt as far away as Kuwait, Iraq and Saudi Arabia.

Iran is located on major seismic faults and experiences one earthquake per day on average.

A magnitude 6.6 earthquake in 2003 devastated the historic city of Bam, in southern Iran, and killed 26,000 people.

This earthquake comes as the world is experiencing a series of strong tremors.

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