At least seven people were killed and five others injured after an earthquake measuring 5.7 on the Richter scale struck near the Turkey-Iran border on Sunday, according to the officials.

Tremors from the quake which centred in northwestern Iran were also felt in Turkey’s Van province, the state-run Anadolu news agency reported.

During a news briefing, Turkey’s Interior Minister Suleyman Soylu said, “Some buildings were damaged and many people were trapped under debris”.

He added that search and rescue teams were dispatched to the quake-hit region.

Earlier this year, at least 18 people were killed and over hundreds injured after a powerful earthquake rocked eastern Turkey.

In Athens, the Greek premier’s office said later that Mitsotakis had spoken by phone to Erdogan.

In 1999, a devastating 7.4 magnitude earthquake hit Izmit in western Turkey, leaving more than 17,000 people dead including about 1,000 in the country’s largest city Istanbul.

In September last year, a 5.7-magnitude earthquake shook Istanbul, causing residents to flee buildings in the economic capital.

(With inputs from agency)