A man carries a wounded boy to an ambulance after an earthquake hit villages in Baskale town in Van province, Turkey, at the border with Iran, Feb. 23, 2020.
A man carries a wounded boy to an ambulance after an earthquake hit villages in Baskale town in Van province, Turkey, at the border with Iran, Feb. 23, 2020.

A 5.7 magnitude earthquake near the Turkish-Iranian border early Sunday killed nine people in Turkey and injured at least 65 in Iran.

Earthquake epicenter near Khoy, Iran

The U.S. Geological Survey says the quake was centered in the town of Habash-e Olya, in Iran's West Azerbaijan province, about 10 kilometers from the Turkish border.

But the quake was primarily felt in Turkey's Van province, where nine people, including four children, were killed and 37 injured.

Residents of villages affected helped Turkish troops dig through the rubble of collapsed houses and schools looking for survivors Iran is reporting at least 65 injuries and damaged buildings.

Houses are reduced to rubble after an earthquake hit villages in Baskale in Van province, Turkey, at the border with Iran, Feb. 23, 2020.

A number of aftershocks were felt Sunday, the strongest measuring 6.0.

Turkey and Iran are no strangers to strong earthquakes, some of which have caused horrific death tolls.

A 2011 quake in Van province killed more than 600 people. A 2017 quake that shook Iran's Kermanshah province left 620 dead.

Iran's deadliest quake, a 7.4 in June 1990, killed 40,000 people in northern Iran.

 

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