Seven killed after quake on Iran border

ISTANBUL (AFP) -Turkish Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said yesterday that seven people including three children were killed in eastern Turkey after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake hit neighbouring Iran, the official Anadolu news agency reported.

Five people were injured and taken to hospital, Soylu said, adding that other people were believed to be trapped under the rubble.

“Search and rescue efforts are ongoing,” he said.

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 9.23am, was near the Iranian village of Habash-e Olya, less than 10 kilometres from the border, according to the United States (US) Geological Survey.

The earthquake had a depth of six kilometres, according to Tehran University’s Seismological Centre.

It injured at least 25 people and damaged a number of houses in four villages of Iran’s West Azerbaijan province, Mojtaba Khaledi, a spokesman for the country’s emergency services, told AFP.

Houses are reduced to rubble after an earthquake hit villages in Baskale in Van province, Turkey, at the border with Iran. PHOTO: AP