Nine people were killed and buildings collapsed across south-eastern Turkey when a magnitude-5.7 earthquake struck near the border with Iran, injuring more than 100 in both countries.In Turkey, three of the dead were children, according to the nation's health ministry, and 50 people were injured, including nine critically.The shallow tremor on Sunday (local time) caused more than 1,000 buildings to collapse in Turkey, prompting rescue efforts to find those trapped under rubble.
The quake damaged buildings 90 kilometres to the west in the Turkish city of Van, and to the east in dozens of villages in Iran.Iranian state TV said 75 people were injured.There were several aftershocks, including a larger tremor, measuring magnitude-6, that struck nearby 10 hours later. There were no immediate reports of additional damage or casualties.Crisscrossed by major fault lines, Iran and Turkey are among the most earthquake-prone countries in the world.After the initial tremor, Turkish TV showed people digging with shovels and their hands in the rubble, as well as furniture and belongings strewn on cracked and snowy roads.In one village, the ground cratered under several buildings, while in others, residents were wrapped in blankets outside homes with crumbled and cracked exterior walls, fallen metal roofs and twisted wiring."The damage caused loss of life," the governor of Van, Mehmet Bilmez, told reporters standing in front of a pile of cinder blocks and sheet metal.He said there was destruction in all four villages he had visited.The European Mediterranean Seismological Centre said the quake, which hit at 8:53am on Sunday (local time), had a depth of 5 kilometres.The second big quake struck at 7:00pm.Broadcasters and government officials said dozens of villages were impacted in Turkey.Nearly 150 tents were sent to shelter families in the region, where several schools in the districts of Baskale, Saray and Gurpinar sustained minor damage.Turkey's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority has begun rescue work in villages including in Ozpinar, about 25 kilometres south of the epicentre, said Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu.The US Geological Survey put the epicentre 47 kilometres west of the Iranian city of Khoy, where people felt the effects, according to state TV.
An earthquake last month in eastern Turkey killed more than 40 people while another in Iran caused structural damage to homes without causing any fatalities.An Iranian official told state TV that rescue teams had been dispatched to the area in Iran's West Azerbaijan province.Another local official said the earthquake was felt in several towns including Urmiah and Salmas, and many villages including some that suffered "100 per cent damage", state TV reported.