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At least two killed, 664 injured in 5.9-magnitude quake in northwestern Iran Earthquake
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At least two killed, 664 injured in 5.9-magnitude quake in northwestern Iran

India Blooms News Service | @indiablooms | 29 Jan 2023, 01:20 pm

Tehran/UNI: At least two people were killed and 664 others injured in a 5.9-magnitude earthquake that jolted West Azarbaijan province in northwestern Iran on Saturday night, local media reported.

The quake occurred at 9:44 pm local time (1814 GMT) at a depth of 7 km, with its epicentre at Khoy County, said the media reports.

Several aftershocks occurred after the main quake, with the biggest one measuring 4.2-magnitude, said the Iranian Seismological Center.

The earthquake also led to a power blackout in Khoy County.

According to reports from the earthquake-affected areas, the extent of damage in rural areas was estimated to be severe.

This was the province's second major earthquake in two weeks. A 5.4-magnitude quake struck Khoy County on Jan 19, injuring over 190 people.