Moderate earthquake in northwestern Iran injures 580


DUBAI — An earthquake of at least a magnitude of 5.4 struck northwestern Iran on Wednesday, injuring about 580 people, Iranian state media said.

“The earthquake has injured about 580 people so far and fortunately no one has lost their lives in this incident,” said Mohammad Hassan Nami, head of the state crisis management agency, according to the state news agency. reportedly told IRNA.

The epicenter of the earthquake was near the town of Hoi in West Azerbaijan province.

According to the U.S. Geological Survey, the epicenter was about 11.6 km (7.2 miles) from Hoy, at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles) and had a magnitude of 5.7.

GFZ The German Geoscience Research Center (GFZ) previously said the quake was magnitude 5.5 and was close to the border regions of Armenia, Azerbaijan and Iran. Iranian media said it was a magnitude 5.4 earthquake.

Hit by several devastating earthquakes in recent years, Iran crisscrosses major geological faults.