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Magnitude 5.6 earthquake rattles northwestern Iran, 82 people injured

March 24, 2023 at 10:28 am

A view of damage after a 5.9-magnitude earthquake in Iran on 29 January 2023 [Iranian Red Crescent – Anadolu Agency]

At least 82 people were injured as a magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck Iran’s northwestern province of West Azerbaijan today, local authorities said.

In a press statement, Amir Abbas Jafari, the director general of crisis management in West Azerbaijan province, said several buildings were damaged in the earthquake in the cities of Khoy and Salmas.

The Turkish Disaster and Emergency Management Presidency (AFAD) said in a statement that the earthquake was recorded at a depth of seven kilometres and was felt in the eastern Turkish provinces of Van and Hakkari.

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