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23 Feb 2020 | 11:01 AM UTC

Iran: 6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes Turkish-Iranian border February 23 /update 1

6.0-magnitude earthquake strikes Turkish-Iranian border area in Iran's West Azerbaijan province February 23, after 5.7-magnitude earthquake kills nine in neighboring Turkey and leaves 75 injured in West Azerbaijan province; aftershocks possible over the coming hours



A 6.0-magnitude earthquake struck Iran's West Azerbaijan province, some 25 km (16 mi) southeast of Saray (Turkey), around 19:30 (local time) on Sunday, February 23, after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake centered around the Iranian village of Habash-e Olya hit the region earlier in the day, leaving 75 injured in West Azerbaijan province, as well as nine others dead and 37 injured in neighboring Turkey. The number of casualties and the scope of material damages associated with the 6.0-magnitude earthquake were not immediately reported.

Aftershocks are possible in the region over the coming hours and days.  


Individuals in the affected region are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.

In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), move away from windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.