Nine people, including three children, have died following a 5.7 magnitude natural disaster that struck the Turkey-Iran border region early on Sunday, Turkey's interior minister Suleyman Soylu said.
During a news briefing, Turkey's Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said, "Some buildings were damaged and many people were trapped under debris". Six of the fatalities occurred in Ozpinar village, where Soylu said search and rescue teams had arrived.
Iran's seismology centre said the second quake hit the Zarabad district at 7:30 p.m. local time (1600 GMT) at a depth of 28 kilometres (17 miles).
Governor of Van, Mehmet Emin Blimez, has since reported rescue teams sent to the remote mountainous region have finished extracting people from the wreckage.
Turkish officials said four children were among the nine dead, and Iran reported more than 65 people injured, including 39 who were hospitalized.
In approximately 13 villages in the border region, teams have observed that many buildings, especially in Özpınar, Ömerdağlı, Kaşkol, Güvendik, Böğrüpek and Gelenler villages, were built with poor quality material and were adobe houses. There were no immediate reports of additional damage or casualties.
The border closure came as Pakistan also announced it was closing its border with neighbouring Iran on Sunday, after Tehran announced eight deaths from the new coronavirus. The EMSC reported several further quakes that measured up to magnitude 4.4.
Two gentlemen support a girl in Baskale, in Turkey's Van province, soon after the initially tremor struck.
An quake last month in eastern Turkey killed more than 40 people while another in Iran did structural damage to homes without causing any fatalities.
In December and January, two earthquakes struck near Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant.
But official figures indicate the death rate is proportionately much higher in Iran than China, standing at almost one in five of the confirmed infections.
Turkey is also prone to earthquakes and over 40 people died in January after a 6.8-magnitude quake struck Elazig in eastern Turkey.
Authorities have ordered the closure of schools, universities and other educational centres in 14 provinces across the country from Sunday as a "preventive measure".