Iranian media and the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) stated that an earthquake with a magnitude of up to 5.9 slammed the Turkey-Iran border region on Saturday, demolishing homes in a significant Iranian provincial city.
Iranian emergency services spokesperson Mojtaba Khaledi told the YJC news agency that “the level of destruction of various homes and buildings in the city of Khoy city is relatively high.”
The quake had a magnitude of 5.6 and was at a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles), EMSC said. Iranian media said the earthquake had a magnitude of 5.9 and hit near the city of Khoy in Iran’s Western Azerbaijan province.
Iranian emergency officials said rescue teams were despatched to the area and hospitals were put on alert, state media said.
An emergency official told state TV that it was snowing in some of the areas affected by the quake amid freezing temperatures and that there were some power cuts.