5.9 magnitude quake jolts northwestern Iran, 3 dead
At least three people have lost their lives and 816 others wounded as 5.9 magnitude quake rocks northwestern Iran on Saturday night.
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The quake jolted Iran’s northwestern city of Khoy and the vicinity at a depth of 7 km at 9:44 pm on Saturday night, according to the Iranian Seismological Center in Tehran.
The tremor was so strong that it was felt in many regions of West Azarbaijan Province, causing concern among residents. It was also felt in several cities, including the provincial capital of Tabriz in the neighboring province of East Azarbaijan.
According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological center, the quake was also felt in Turkey, Iraq, Armenia and the Azerbaijan Republic.
Some of the areas hit by the quake are currently experiencing freezing temperatures and snow.
Three people died and 816 were injured; all of the injured were taken to local hospitals.
The earthquake caused 20 to 50 percent damage to residential units in 70 villages, according to Governor of the West Azarbaijan.