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3 Dead, More than 800 Injured in Iran Earthquake


A general view shows destruction in the wake of an earthquake in Khoy county in West Azerbaijan, Iran, Jan. 29, 2023. (Soheil Faraji/ISNA/WANA West Asia News Agency via Reuters)

In northwestern Iran, three people were killed and more than 800 injured Saturday in a 5.9 earthquake centered near the city of Khoi in the West Azerbaijan province, near the border with Turkey.

The injured have been transferred to hospitals in Khoi and a nearby town, Mohammad Sadegh Motamadian, the governor-general of West Azerbaijan province, said Sunday.

Motamadia also said the earthquake had caused damage in 70 villages.

After Urmia, Khoi is the largest city in West Azerbaijan.

Iran has suffered several major earthquakes in recent years as it sits on several major fault lines.