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UPDATE - 8 dead in eastern Turkey after earthquake

UPDATE - 8 dead in eastern Turkey after earthquake
21 people also injured in 5.7-magnitude quake that struck near Iran border region

UPDATES WITH DEATH TOLL, MORE DETAIL, ADDS STATEMENT OF HEALTH MINISTER

By Burak Bir

ANKARA (AA) - At least eight people died and 21 others were injured in eastern Turkey on Sunday after a magnitude-5.7 earthquake struck near the border with Iran, the country's interior minister said.

Tremors from the quake that centered in northwestern Iran were also felt in Turkey's Van province.

Some buildings were damaged in various villages in Baskale district of the province, according to Suleyman Soylu.

Meanwhile, Turkish Health Minister Fahrettin Koca said eight of injured were reported to be critical.

The country's Disaster and Emergency Management Authority (AFAD) has begun rescue work in the region.

Iran and Turkey are among the most earthquake-prone countries in the world. Last month, an earthquake in eastern Turkey killed more than 40 people.

source: News Feed
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