Sunday, February 23, 2020

5.7-magnitude earthquake strikes northwestern Iran

An earthquake of magnitude 5.7 struck West Azerbaijan Province in northwestern Iran on Sunday, emergency authorities said.
At least seven people have been killed and five others injured in Turkey's Van province following an earthquake early Sunday, the country's interior minister has said.
Three of those killed were children, according to Suleyman Soylu, adding that some 1,066 buildings have collapsed.
The quake that hit at 9:24 a.m. local time (0622GMT) had a depth of 6 kilometers (3.7 miles) and the epicenter was Qotur district, according to the Iranian Seismological Center (IRSC).
So far, there are no reports of any casualties or damage caused by the tremors.
The West Azerbaijan Province borders Turkey and Iraq.
Iran is one of the most seismically active countries in the world, where earthquakes occur often and are destructive.
 Below we also show the Region in Iran, and the calendar is below, which is peak on 24th. So this is a day earlier than expected.

MagnitudeMw 5.7
Date time2020-02-23 05:52:58.5 UTC
Location38.42 N ; 44.54 E
Depth5 km
Distances158 km W of Tabrīz, Iran, Islamic Republic of / pop: 1,425,000 / local time: 09:22:58.5 2020-02-23
101 km E of Van, Turkey / pop: 372,000 / local time: 08:52:58.5 2020-02-23
54 km SE of Özalp, Turkey / pop: 8,300 / local time: 08:52:58.5 2020-02-23
32 km NW of Salmās, Iran, Islamic Republic of / pop: 81,700 / local time: 09:22:58.5 2020-02-23

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