LONDON (Reuters) - A magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck eastern Iran on Wednesday, 42 miles north-northeast of Birjand, the U.S. Geological Survey reported.

It said the quake, which it initially recorded as magnitude 6.0, was very shallow at a depth of 6.2 miles and had hit the area at 12:08 p.m. EDT (1708 GMT).

(Editing by Michael Roddy)