Iran authorities stated that a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck this sunday in northwestern Iran, and has killed at least nine people in neighbouring Turkey and injured dozens more on both sides of the border.
The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 9:23 am (05:53 GMT), was near the Iranian village of Habash-e Olya, less than 10 kilometres (six miles) from the border, according to the US Geological Survey.
The earthquake had a depth of six kilometres, said Tehran University’s Seismological Centre. In Turkey, it was felt mostly in the eastern district of Baskale in Van province on the Iran border.
Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said nine people were killed, speaking to reporters from the quake scene in Van. Four of the dead were children. “We have right now no citizens trapped under the rubble,” he said.