9 dead in eastern Turkey after earthquake

International Desk
24 February 2020, Mon
Published: 08:42 Updated: 01:08

9 dead in eastern Turkey after earthquake

At least nine people have died and more than 50 people were injured in eastern Turkey on Sunday after a magnitude 5.9 earthquake struck near the Iranian border region, the country's health minister said.

The northwestern Iranian city of Khoy was hit twice on Sunday by 5.9magnitude earthquakes, and tremors from the quakes were also felt in Turkey's Van province, according to Turkey's National Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD).

Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said the condition of two of the injured was serious but the others do not have any life-threatening injuries.

More than 12 injured people were discharged from hospitals by Sunday night, Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said after a visit to the affected areas.

Soylu said around 250 houses and 300 barns were destroyed, and 700 houses in several villages were heavily damaged.

The quake that struck at 9:24 a.m. local time (0624GMT) had a depth of six kilometers (3.7 miles) and the epicenter was in Iran’s Qotur district, according to the Iranian Seismological Center (IRSC).

According to the IRSC, the second quake occurred at 7:30 p.m. local time (0430GMT) and its epicenter was in the northwestern Zarabad region of Khoy.

Iran and Turkey are among the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. Last month, an earthquake in the eastern Turkish province of Elazig killed more than 40 people.