Rescue workers try to save people trapped under debris after an earthquake in Tabanli village near the eastern Turkish city of Van. Photograph: Abdurrahman Antakyali/Anadolu/Reuters

Rescue workers in Turkey are scrambling to dig people out of the rubble after a 7.2 magnitude earthquake struck the eastern Van province.

State-run TRT television said at least 85 people were reported killed and the country’s seismology institute said up to 1,000 people could be trapped under collapsed buildings.

Prime Minister Tayyip Erdogan went by helicopter from Van to Ercis to see firsthand the scale of devastation.

Meanwhile, civilians joined in the desperate search, using their bare hands and working under generator-powered floodlights.

Al Jazeera’s Anita McNaught reports from Van, Turkey.