00:46 GMT28 November 2020
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    TEHRAN (Sputnik) - A 5.3 magnitude earthquake occurred in the northwestern Iranian province of West Azerbaijan on Thursday close to the border with Turkey, the Iranian Seismological Centre said.

    The quake was registered at 10:03 GMT. Its epicentre was located 22 kilometres (13.6 miles) from the town of Qotur, at the depth of 10 kilometres (6.2 miles).

    There are no reports about victims or damage caused by the earthquake.

    The governor of Turkish Van province bordering Iran, Mehmet Bilmez, on his part, said that the quake had damaged houses in rural areas and that there were no casualties.

    Turkey’s topography is seismically active and is prone to tremors. A magnitude-5.9 quake in January left 41 people killed and caused extensive damage to the eastern Elazig province.​

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