Magnitude 5.8 earthquake injures at least 70 in northwestern Iran

Published: Updated:
Read Mode
100% Font Size
1 min read

At least 70 people were injured on Wednesday when a 5.8 magnitude earthquake jolted northwestern Iran near the border with Turkey, state media said.

The quake struck near the city of Khoy in West Azerbaijan province at 13:38 p.m. (1008 GMT), at a shallow depth of 10 kilometers (6.2 miles), the US Geological Survey (USGS) said.

The Seismological Center of the University of Tehran said the earthquake was of 5.4 magnitude and 12 kilometers (7.45 miles) deep.

For the latest headlines, follow our Google News channel online or via the app.

At least “70 people were injured” trying to escape to safety and more than 300 houses in 15 villages were damaged, state television said, citing officials from the area.

Iran sits astride the boundaries of several major tectonic plates and experiences frequent seismic activity.

In February 2020, a 5.7 magnitude earthquake that rattled the western village of Habash-e Olya killed at least nine people over the border in neighboring Turkey.

Iran’s deadliest recorded quake was a 7.4-magnitude tremor in 1990 that killed 40,000 people in the country’s north, injured 300,000 and left half a million homeless.

Read more:

Magnitude 7 earthquake hits eastern Indonesia: USGS

Iran rejects chance to revive nuclear deal with US: Blinken

Iran sentences man to eight years in prison for beheading his wife

Top Content Trending