TEHRAN, Iran (AP) _ A strong earthquake rocked northeastern Iran on Thursday, killing at least one person and injuring six, Iranian television reported.

The 5.4-magnitude quake struck at 2:27 a.m. in an area between Kashmar and Bardeskan, 124 miles southwest of Mashhad, the provincial capital of Khorasan province.

The television report said one person was killed in Javor village and six injured in Kondor village, both on the outskirts of Kashmar. Relief operations were under way to assist the quake-hit population, it added.

The last major earthquake to hit Iran was in 1997, when a 6.1-magnitude quake hit the northern Golestan province, killing nearly 1,000 people and leaving tens of thousands homeless.

Iran lies in a major quake zone and is frequently rocked by earthquakes.