Multiple earthquakes were reported in Hormozgan and Kerman provinces on Thursday, August 23. According to the US Geological Survey (USGS), a 4.6-magnitude earthquake was reported on Thursday morning (local time) approximately 8 km (5 mi) west of Kabir in Kerman province, followed by two earthquakes of magnitudes 4.9 and 4.3 in Hormozgan province on Thursday afternoon (near Faryab).
Though no casualties or material damages were immediately reported, earthquakes of moderate magnitudes have been known to produce such results in Iran and additional information may be released in the coming hours. Aftershocks are possible in the affected areas in the near-term.
Iran is located 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 of others injured.
Individuals present in the affected regions 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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