Iranian emergency officials have confirmed at least five deaths and over 300 injuries following a 5.9-magnitude earthquake in East Azerbaijan province on Friday, November 8. According to local media reports, three villages suffered significant damages from the quake. Another 30 homes were reportedly destroyed near the epicenter, about 57 km (35 mi) northeast of Hashtrud. Over 40 aftershocks have also been recorded since the initial earthquake hit at 02:17 (local time). Rescue and recovery operations are ongoing as of 09:00 on Friday. Further details regarding casualties and damages are expected to be released in the coming hours.
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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