At least 8 dead have been killed following a M5.7 earthquake in Turkey’s Van province on Sunday, February 23, 2020.
More than 30 others have been injured by the strong quake in Turkey as well as in neighboring Iran. Many more are believed to be still buried under collapsed buildings.
The M5.7 earthquake struck the Turkey-Iran border region at a very shallow depth of 5 kilometers (3 miles) and affected at least 43 villages in Turkey and in Iran.
Some 1,066 buildings collapsed in the shallow tremor whose epicenter was 25km SE of Saray, Turkey, a rural and moutainous area well-known for strong earthquakes.
Although not a densely populated area, 8 dead (3 children and 5 adults), 30 injured and heavy infrastructure damages have already been reported in Turkey.
And officials suggest there will be more casualities and damages as many homes have collapsed during the early quake.
The earthquake was also widely felt in Iran. However, officials haven’t reported any deaths right now.
This could change as many injured have been brought to nearby hospitals and some villages have suffered 100% damage.
Emergency teams currently dig through rubble in nearby villages.
Although not located along the ring of fire, Iran and Turkey are among the most earthquake-prone countries in the world.