The western town of Tazehabad (Kermanshah province) was hit by a 4.8-magnitue earthquake at approximately 22:30 (local time) on Tuesday, June 26. According to the head of the Kermanshah Red Crescent Society, 12 people were injured by the quake; however, only one person required hospital treatment. Aftershocks are possible.
Iran is 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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