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30 Dec 2019 | 02:05 PM UTC

Iran: 5.0-magnitude earthquake strikes southern Iran December 30

5.0-magnitude earthquake strikes Hormozgan province in southern Iran December 30; aftershocks possible over the coming hours



The US Geological Survey recorded a 5.0-magnitude earthquake in southern Iran on Monday, December 30, at approximately 16:49 (local time). The earthquake struck 33 km (20 mi) northeast of Bandar Abbas (Hormozgan province) at a depth of 10 km (6 mi). There were no immediate reports of injuries or material damage.

Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over 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.