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Eight Dead, Others Stuck Under Buildings Following Earthquake on Iran's Border - Turkish Official

© REUTERS / Umit BektasEmergency personnel work at the site of a collapsed building, after an earthquake in Elazig, Turkey, January 27, 2020
Emergency personnel work at the site of a collapsed building, after an earthquake in Elazig, Turkey, January 27, 2020 - Sputnik International
In late January, a strong 6.8-magnitude quake hit Elazig Province in Turkey, affecting the neighbouring province of Malatya and leaving 40 people dead.

Turkish Minister of the Interior Süleyman Soylu stated on Sunday that at least eight people, including three children, have died in Van Province following a 5.7 magnitude earthquake on the border between Iran and Turkey.

According to the senior official, five people have been sent to a hospital, while others are believed to be stuck under the rubble.

The earthquake was registered at 05:52 GMT with its epicentre located 141 kilometres (87.6 miles) to the west of the Iranian city of Tabriz and 71 kilometres to the southeast of the Turkish city of Ozalp. The focus of the quakes was registered at the depth of 5 kilometres.

A geologist looks at a screen showing the seismograph reading of the powerful earthquake - Sputnik International
5.2-Magnitude Earthquake Hits Western Turkey - AFAD
According to the latest data, almost 50 people were hurt in Turkey and Iran following the earthquake. Iranian authorities said at least 25 people sustained injuries, such as bone fractures, according to the Fars news agency. Villages were razed or partially destroyed in the West Azerbaijan province.

Twenty-one people received quake-related injuries in the Van province, Health Minister Fahrettin Koca was cited as saying by the NTV news channel. Eight are in critical condition.

A number of Turkish provinces are situated in seismically active regions. One of the latest strong earthquakes hit the country's Elazig Province in late January, killing 40 people.

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