Earthquake kills three and injures hundreds in Northwestern Iran
At least three people have perished and more than 400 injured in a 5.9-magnitude earthquake in northern Iran, according to Iranian media reports this Sunday (01.29.2023).
The quake struck late Saturday night near the city of Khoy, located in Iran’s northwestern West Azerbaijan province close to the border with Turkey, according to the Tehran University-based Iran Seismological Center.
So far Iranian authorities have reported the deaths of three people, while 447 have been injured, the Tehran Times reported.
Rescue and relief efforts are currently underway and more details surrounding the disaster are expected in the coming hours. People have been encouraged to check in with their family members and friends in the affected areas.
This incident is yet another reminder of the danger of earthquakes in the seismically active region and the importance of, not only being aware of the risks of natural disasters, but also of being prepared for them.