The US Geological Survey (USGS) reported a 5.5-magnitude earthquake in southeastern Iran, about 200 km (124 mi) southeast of Bam near the border between Kerman and Sistan and Baluchestan provinces on Friday, September 7. According to the USGS, the quake hit at approximately 11:00 (local time) at a depth of 10 km (6 mi). As of 11:40, no injuries or damages have been reported. Aftershocks are possible in the region in the coming hours and days.
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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