NEW YORK ( TheStreet) -- The death toll in Turkey from a 7.2-magnitude quake Sunday numbered 239 but authorities said the death toll may not rise as much as initially feared, according to reports. The quake struck in eastern Turkey, near the border with Iran. The worst-hit was Ercis, where about 80 multistory buildings collapsed, according to The Associated Press. Interior Minister Idris Naim Sahin said he expected the death toll in Ercis to rise, but not as substantially as initially feared. "As the rescue work progresses, there is a possibility of the Ercis death toll increasing but the figures are not likely to be scary numbers," he said, AP reported. More than a thousand citizens in Ercis and surrounding towns were injured and hundreds remain unaccounted for, authorities said. -- Written by Joseph Woelfel >To contact the writer of this article, click here: Joseph Woelfel >To submit a news tip, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.