He also said 35 rescue teams were providing assistance.
"Damage has been reported in at least eight villages," Morteza Salim, the chief of Iran's Red Crescent Organisation, told IRINN. "Some other villages have suffered power cuts and their telecommunications system has also been disturbed."
Iranian social media was abuzz Sunday night with posts of people evacuating their homes, particularly in Kermanshah and Ghasr-e Shirin, where injured people were thought to be buried under the rubble.
The semi-official Iranian ILNA news agency reported that at least 14 provinces were affected by the earthquake.
Iran sits on many major fault lines and is prone to near-daily quakes. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.Iran is prone to near-daily quakes as it sits on many major fault lines. In 2003, a 6.6 magnitude flattened the historic city of Bam, killing 26,000 people.