Turkey's health minister said at least seven people including three children have been killed in Turkey in a magnitude 5.7 earthquake, early Sunday morning.
The quake centered west of the Iranian city of Khoy. It affected villages in the Turkish province of Van, a mountainous region. 37 people were injured, including nine in a critical but not life-threatening condition. Emergency teams have been sent. The quake caused 1,066 buildings to collapse while the Education Ministry said a number of schools were damaged. Authorities say they are concerned that people might be trapped in the rubble. Turkish broadcaster NTV showed images of locals and soldiers digging through the rubble of collapsed buildings.The EMSC reported several further quakes that measured up to magnitude 4.4.
Iran’s official IRNA news agency said the earthquake affected 43 villages in the mountainous Qotour area. At least 75 people had been injured in this country. Iran and Turkey are among the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. The region has a history of powerful earthquakes. Last month a quake centered on the eastern Turkish city of Elazig killed more than 40 people.