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9 dead in Turkey after quake near Iran border

Houses reduced to rubble in Baskale, Turkey, after an earthquake hit northwestern Iran on Saturday

Houses reduced to rubble in Baskale, Turkey, after an earthquake hit northwestern Iran on Saturday   | Photo Credit: AFP

More than 1,000 buildings collapse; 3 children among dead

Nine people died and hundreds of buildings collapsed in southeastern Turkey on Sunday after a magnitude-5.7 earthquake struck near the border with Iran, injuring dozens in villages and towns in both countries, government officials said.

Three of those killed were children and 37 Turks were injured, including nine critically, Turkey’s Health Ministry said.

The shallow tremor caused more than 1,000 buildings to collapse in Turkey, prompting a brief rescue effort to find those trapped under rubble.

The quake damaged buildings some 90 km to the west in the Turkish city of Van, and to the east in dozens of villages in Iran, where state TV said 75 people were injured.

Crisscrossed by major fault lines, Iran and Turkey are among the most earthquake-prone countries.

Turkish TV footage showed people digging with shovels and their hands in the rubble, as well as furniture and belongings strewn on cracked and snowy roads.

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