Ministry of Foreign Affairs in its latest tweet released on Saturday announced Iran's readiness for any assistance to Turkey over the Izmir earthquake disaster.

Iran Press/Iran News: "After the painful earthquake incident in Turkey, we are in close contact with our friends in this country and announce our readiness to provide all kinds of assistance to them," said the tweet.

"In conjunction with the "International Cities Day", we look forward to the full recovery of the city of Izmir, and express our solidarity with the people of this city," it added.

Rescue efforts continued apace in the western Turkish city of Izmir on Saturday, a day after a powerful earthquake hit the Aegean Sea, causing buildings to come crashing down and claiming the lives of at least 39 people.

Thirty-seven of the deaths were in Turkey, authorities there said, and two were in Greece. At least 885 people were injured in Turkey.

A total of 20 buildings were seriously damaged in Izmir by the tremor Friday afternoon, according to Izmir Mayor Tunc Soyer, the majority of them in the middle-class Bayrakli district.

Search-and-rescue operations remained underway in nine buildings as of Saturday afternoon, while operations have been completed in eight other buildings, Turkey's disaster agency said.