A 5.3-magnitude earthquake struck some 30 km (18 mi) north of Bandar Khamir (Hormozgan province) at approximately 14:24 (local time) on Sunday, February 10. According to local sources, at least three people were injured in the earthquake, with over a dozen building suffering material damages. Aftershocks are possible in the area over 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 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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