530 injured as 5.4 magnitude earthquake hits Iranian county

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530 injured as 5.4 magnitude earthquake hits Iranian county

On Wednesday, October 5, 2022, it was reported by the Semi-official Tasnim news agency that 530 people had been injured after a 5.4 magnitude earthquake jolted Khoy County in the northwestern Iranian Province of West Azerbaijan.

According to the Iranian Seismological Centre, the earthquake occurred at 3:51 a.m. local time (0021 GMT).

The epicentre, with a depth of 10km, was initially monitored at 38.5 degrees north latitude and 45 degrees east longitude.

The Head of Khoy County’s Crisis Management Centre, Salem Khoyi, was quoted by Tasnim as saying that the number of injured people was growing.

West Azerbaijan Provincial Governor, Mohammad-Sadeq Motamedian, was quoted by Tasnim as saying that 135 of the injured had been admitted to hospitals and four had had surgeries.

According to the provincial governor, at least 500 homes were damaged by the earthquake, of which 50 have collapsed completely.

The governor said that all relevant forces and units were on full alert and carrying out rescue operations.

Xinhua/NAN

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