WORLD 75 injured in 5.7-magnitude earthquake in NW Iran

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75 injured in 5.7-magnitude earthquake in NW Iran

Xinhua

20:32, February 23, 2020

TEHRAN, Feb. 23 (Xinhua) -- At least 75 people were injured in the 5.7-magnitude earthquake that hit Qotur region in West Azarbaijan Province in the northwest of Iran on Sunday, the chief of Medical Emergency Center of Khoy city in West Azarbaijan said.

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Houses are reduced to rubble after an earthquake hit villages in Baskale in Van province, Turkey, at the border with Iran, Sunday, Feb. 23, 2020. Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said numerous people have been killed and several others wounded in Sunday's quake with more people trapped under debris. (Photo: AP)

Most of those who were sent to the medical centers had brief injury, Mojtaba Gamari told official IRNA news agency.

Earlier on the day, Mojtaba Khaledi, the spokesman for Iran's Emergency Organization told Iranian Student News Agency (ISNA) that the quake has caused significant damage to 25 villages in Qotur which borders Turkey.

According to Iran's Seismological Center, the epicenter of the earthquake, which took place at 9:22 a.m. local time (0552 GMT) on Sunday, was at the depth of 6 km, 38.45 degrees north latitude and 44.52 degrees east longitude.

Over 20 aftershocks have trembled the region, the report said.  


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