At least eight folks have been killed and 21 others injured in Turkey’s Van province following an earthquake early Sunday, the nation’s inside minister has mentioned.
Three of these killed had been youngsters, in line with Suleyman Soylu, including that some 1,066 buildings have collapsed.
The Disaster and Emergency Management Authority had begun rescue work, Soylu mentioned.
“Search and rescue efforts are ongoing,” he mentioned.
The magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck the Turkey-Iran border area, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) mentioned. The quake had a depth of 5 km (3.1 miles), the EMSC mentioned.
Turkish public broadcaster TRT World mentioned it affected about 43 villages in Turkey, which has a historical past of highly effective earthquakes.
TRT mentioned harm inspection groups had been dispatched to the area. There had been additionally stories of constructing collapses within the Turkish metropolis of Van.
Al Jazeera’s Hashem Ahelbarra reporting from Hatay in southern Turkey mentioned authorities are racing in opposition to time to reach these affected by the earthquake.
“Authorities say they are concerned that many people might be trapped in the rubble. Rescue operations are underway. Dozens of mountainous villages have been affected. The area is one of the most seismically active areas in the world.” He mentioned.
Iranian officers mentioned emergency groups have been despatched to the affected areas.
“Our rescue teams have been dispatched to the area. So far, we had no reports of damage or fatalities in the area, which is not a populated area in Iran’s West Azarbaijan province,” an Iranian official advised state tv.
But one other native official mentioned: “It is very likely that there will be casualties and damages,” Iran’s state tv reported.
Crisscrossed by main fault traces, Iran and Turkey are among the many most earthquake-prone nations on this planet.
An earthquake final month in japanese Turkey killed greater than 40 folks whereas one other in Iran had brought on structural harm to properties with out inflicting any fatalities.
SOURCE: Al Jazeera and information businesses