Local media sources are reporting that at least three people have been killed and another 20 injured after a shallow 5.9-magnitude earthquake hit East Azerbaijan province during the early morning hours (local time) of Friday, November 8. According to the US Geological Survey, the quake struck about 57 km (35 mi) northeast of Hashtrud at 02:30. Unconfirmed social media reports showed some buildings had collapsed in Mianeh. At least two after shocks have also been recorded as of 05:00. Rescue teams have been deployed into the area and damage assessments are ongoing. Further details are still emerging.
Additional aftershocks are possible in the coming hours and days.
Individuals in the region are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.
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), move away from the windows, and not attempt to leave a building unless there is an immediate danger. If outdoors, move away from tall buildings, utility wires, and streetlights.
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