On Thursday, April 19, around 06:30 (local time) a 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit the Kaki area of Bushehr province (south), home to a nuclear power plant. Early reporting does not indicate any causalities or damages; however, the region is known for rural dwellings made of mud bricks, which are susceptible to collapse following earthquakes. The quake was also felt in neighboring countries on the Persian Gulf, including Bahrain and Qatar. Certain high-rise buildings in the broader region have been evacuated as a precaution; disruptions to transportation are possible.
Iran is in a highly active seismic zone and earthquakes are common. Notably, in November 2017 a 7.3-magnitude earthquake struck near the Iran-Iraq border, leaving at least 620 people dead and thousands others injured.
Individuals present in the affected region are advised to be prepared for aftershocks and to adhere to any instructions issued by local authorities.
In the event of aftershocks, individuals are advised to protect themselves as much as possible from falling debris if indoors (e.g. under a table), to move away from windows, and to not attempt to leave the building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.
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