Earthquake of magnitude 5.7 strikes Turkey-Iran border region, nine deaths reported in Turkey

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An earthquake of magnitude 5.7 struck the Turkey-Iran border region early on Sunday, the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

Nine people, including three children, have died following the earthquake that struck the Turkey-Iran border region early on Sunday, Turkey’s interior minister said.

Five people were injured and taken to hospital, while officials believe that some are still buried under building rubble, said Suleyman Soylu. “Search and rescue efforts are ongoing,” he added.

The quake had a depth of 5 kilometers (3.1 miles), the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said.

The epicenter of the quake, which struck at 9:23 a.m. (5:53 UTC), was near the Iranian village of Habash-e Olya, less than 10 kilometers (six miles) from the border, according to the USGS.

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 told state TV.

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