Iran was struck by a series of light to moderate earthquakes on Sunday, July 22, including a 5.9-magnitude quake in Kermanshah province, near the Iraqi border. At least 26 people have been reported injured as a result of that earthquake, which occurred at approximately 14:30 (local time); some buildings also suffered structural damage. Earlier in the day, a 4.6-magnitude quake hit near the town of Ruydar in Hormozgan province, in southern Iran, which was followed shortly after by a 5.4-magnitude aftershock; no injuries have yet been reported. Further earthquakes or aftershocks are possible.
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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