A 4.3-magnitude earthquake struck near Kuhdasht (Lorestan province) in western Iran at approximately 22:30 (local time) on Saturday, July 28, leaving at least 20 people injured, including two who had to be hospitalized. Additional earthquakes and aftershocks are possible in the area in the coming hours and days.
A series of earthquakes registering magnitudes over 5 have been reported in western and southern Iran since July 22, causing dozens of injuries and some material damages. 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.