Earthquake kills nine in Turkey

By Andrew Wilks, AP
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Nine people have died in Turkey in a magnitude-5.7 earthquake that struck western Iran early on Sunday morning.

The quake centred on the Iranian city of Khoy and affected villages in the Turkish province of Van, Turkish interior minister Suleiman Soylu said.

Mr Soylu told a news conference in Ankara that three children and four adults were killed in Turkey’s Baskule district. Health minister Fahrettin Koca later updated the number of deaths to nine and wrote on Twitter that 37 people were injured, including nine in a critical but not life-threatening condition.

Some of the wounded remain trapped under the debris of fallen buildings

Emergency teams have been sent to the remote mountainous region.

Iran’s official IRNA news agency said the earthquake affected 43 villages in the mountainous Qotour area. It reported some residents were injured but did not say any were in critical condition.

According to the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the quake had a depth of three kilometres.

The region has a history of powerful earthquakes. Last month a quake centred on the eastern Turkish city of Elazig killed more than 40 people.

Turkish broadcaster NTV showed images of locals and soldiers digging through the rubble of collapsed buildings as families fearing further tremors sat in snowy streets. The EMSC reported several further quakes that measured up to magnitude 3.9.

The effects of the quake hit four villages in Van. Six of the deaths occurred in Ozpinar village, where Mr Soylu said search and rescue teams had arrived.