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Strong quake strikes Turkey-Iran border

Iranian authorities say an earthquake has damaged houses in the city of Khoy near the border with Turkey.

January 29, 2023
29 January 2023

An earthquake with a magnitude of up to 5.9 has struck the Turkey-Iran border region, destroying houses in a provincial capital in Iran, Iranian media and the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre report.

“The amount of destruction of some houses and buildings in the city of Khoy is relatively high,” Iranian emergency services spokesperson Mojtaba Khaledi told the YJC news agency.

The quake had a magnitude of 5.6 and was at a depth of 10km, EMSC said.

Iranian media said the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.9 and hit near the city of Khoy in Iran’s Western Azerbaijan province.

Iranian emergency officials said rescue teams were dispatched to the area and hospitals were put on alert, state media said.

An emergency official told state TV that it was snowing in some of the areas affected by the quake amid freezing temperatures and that there were some power cuts.

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