Iran – M 5.6 – Will Iran call for international help if needed and set aside his pride ?

Earthquake Report  feared from the very beginning that the impact of this earthquake might be high in damage and even in injured people.
It took the the Iranian news agencies hours before they could give apprehensive information of the earthquake zone. Still now, 7 hours later we have still not a good view on the precise size of the damages. As it is night in Iran, it will take many more hours before we will get new accurate information.
We truly hope that the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran can put aside there pride and will make a call for help to the International Community if external help would boost rescue efforts.

This is what Earthquake Report wrote minutes after the earthquake struck :
An very dangerous earthquake has struck in a very populated area near Iran city Torbat-e Heydariyeh.
The houses are NOT earthquake-proof constructed in this area, creating a very vulnerable environment.
Population in the immediate vicinity of the epicenter is estimated at 126.000.
We expect probable serious damage and even injuries as a result of this earthquake.
Series of smaller aftershocks may occur in the same region.
A lot of unknown factors will decide on the impact (duration of the quake, terrain, etc).
We will report with updates if more news becomes available.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Friday, July 30, 2010 at 05:20:12 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 17 km
Geolocation(s) :
NEAR Torbat-e Heydariyeh, Iran
115 km (70 miles) SSE of Neyshabur, Iran
120 km (75 miles) SSW of Mashhad, Iran
715 km (445 miles) E of TEHRAN, Iran

Links to important maps
USGS Shaking map

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Iran – M 5.6 – Large number of cattle killed + damage on houses, cars and telecommunications

Based on the incoming reports, quake in Torbat-Heydarieh has damaged a number of rural residential units, the cars parked in streets, power cables and other telecommunication facilities. Large number of cattles have also been killed. Reports are yet to come on further details (Source INRA)

This is an update report of our first report published only minutes after the earthquake struck.

Nicaragua – M 5.8 (Lowered to M 5.0) – Moderate and deep earthquake just in front of the Nicaraguan coast

Earthquake Report comment :
As this earthquake occurred at a depth of 96 km, the impact on buildings, humans will be limited.
USGS calculated models are mentioning light to moderate shaking at maximum.

Update 1 : Magnitude of this earthquake has been lowered by the agencies to 5.0

Most important Earthquake Data:
Friday, July 30, 2010 at 08:41:28 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 96 km
Geolocation(s) :
75 km (45 miles) SW of MANAGUA, Nicaragua
85 km (55 miles) WSW of Granada, Nicaragua
90 km (55 miles) W of Rivas, Nicaragua

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
USGS Shaking map

Iran – M 5.6 – Strong and dangerous shallow earthquake just under Torbat-e Heydariyeh

Earthquake Report comment :
An very dangerous earthquake has struck in a very populated area near Iran city Torbat-e Heydariyeh.
The houses are NOT earthquake-proof constructed in this area, creating a very vulnerable environment.
Population in the immediate vicinity of the epicenter is estimated at 126.000.
We expect probable serious damage and even injuries as a result of this earthquake.
Series of smaller aftershocks may occur in the same region.
A lot of unknown factors will decide on the impact (duration of the quake, terrain, etc).
We will report with updates if more news becomes available.

The worst earthquake in recent years, of 6.3 magnitude, struck the southeastern city of Bam, in Kerman province, in December 2003, killing 31,000 people — about a quarter of its population — and destroying the city’s ancient mud-built citadel.

Update 1 : 1u10 minutes after the quake, still no news from the Iranian press
Torbat-e Heydarieh  is famous for its Zafaran lands.
It has the first rank in the world for producing Saffron or Zafaran in Persian (Source : Wikipedia)

Update 2 ; First reports from the earthquake struck area : Based on the incoming reports, quake in Torbat-Heydarieh has damaged a number of rural residential units, the cars parked in streets, power cables and other telecommunication facilities. Large number of cattles have also been killed. Reports are yet to come on further details. (Source IRNA)

Update 3 : 3h30m after the quake struck, still no news from the epicenter area.
Only INRA did send a small communique stating damages to livestock, cars and some houses. Rescue teams were under way, but they take a long time to communicate on the impact of the earthquake.
It is now 21h47 (9:47 PM) in Iran

Update 4 : The earthquake damaged “between 50 and 100 percent of some villages,” provincial official Bahram Soltani was quoted as saying earlier by ISNA.
Efforts were under way to recover people who were still trapped under debris, while most of the injured were treated without being hospitalized, the reports said (source isna & afp)

Update 5 :  Will Iran call for international help if needed and set aside his pride ?
Earthquake Report  feared from the very beginning that the impact of this earthquake might be high in damage and even in injured people.
It took the the Iranian news agencies hours before they could give apprehensive information of the earthquake zone. Still now, 7 hours later we have still not a good view on the precise size of the damages. As it is night in Iran, it will take many more hours before we will get new accurate information.
We truly hope that the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran can put aside there pride and will make a call for help to the International Community if external help would boost rescue efforts.

Update 6 : QuakeSOS assumes that the toll of the Iranian earthquake will rise the coming hours.
Iranian press is very scarce in details, but the following excerpt from an Iranian governor does not mean good news at all.
Torbat-e Heydarieh Gov. Mojtaba Sadeqian said 110 people were injured and at least one person was in critical condition, according to the official Press TV
“There were no immediate reports of any mortalities in the earthquake. However, it is widely believed that a large number of people are trapped under the rubble, and the casualties are expected to be high,” he said. (Source CNN)

Update 7 : Javad Erfanian, head of the provincial crisis management center, told IRNA that most of the injured have been treated without being hospitalized. He added that 13 injured are still in hospitals while two of them are in critical condition. Erfanian said that the quake has inflicted damage between 20 and 70 percent on several villages of Torbat-e Heydarieh and Zaveh. (Source IRNA)

Update 8 : Number of injured people climbing to 274 (source – Iranian Labour News Agency)

Update 9 : Injured number of people climbing to 284. Still no word of the extend of the damages .

Most important Earthquake Data:
Friday, July 30, 2010 at 05:20:12 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 17 km
Geolocation(s) :
NEAR Torbat-e Heydariyeh, Iran
115 km (70 miles) SSE of Neyshabur, Iran
120 km (75 miles) SSW of Mashhad, Iran
715 km (445 miles) E of TEHRAN, Iran

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
USGS Shaking map
USGS Pager map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
EMSC epicenter and fault line map

USA – Nevada – M 4.2 – light earthquake near Walker Lake

Earthquake Report comment :
A light earthquake has struck a scarcely populated area in Nevada.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located near Luning, an almost ghost town with 87 people.
The epicenter lies on the border of a seismic very active area with a lot of small quakes.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Friday, July 30, 2010 at 04:13:46 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 9 km
Geolocation(s) :
12 km (8 miles) NNW (346°) from Luning, NV
14 km (9 miles) SSE (149°) from Midway, NV
37 km (23 miles) ENE (74°) from Hawthorne, NV
283 km (176 miles) E (88°) from Sacramento, CA

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place

* some location data extracted from Wikipedia

Russia – Kamchatka – M 6.2 – Strong earthquake near the coast

Earthquake Report comment :
An earthquake has struck an unpopulated area in Kamchatskaya Province.
The earthquake was not powerful enough to create a Tsunami.
Population in a radius of 100 km around the epicenter is estimated at 183.
We don’t expect any damage of injuries as a result of this earthquake.
Series of smaller aftershocks may occur in the same region.
GDACS* issued a GREEN earthquake alert for this earthquake (see link hereunder)

Most important Earthquake Data:
Friday, July 30, 2010 at 03:56:14 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 21 km
Geolocation(s) :
100 km (65 miles) ESE of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia
335 km (210 miles) NE of Severo-Kuril’sk, Kuril Islands, Russia

Links to important maps
USGS Shaking map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
EMSC epicenter and fault line map
GDACS Green Earthquake Alert (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System)

* GDACS (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System) provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world.  GDACS is a Joint Initiative of the United Nations and the European Commission

List of Magnitude +4 minor earthquakes of July 30

Magnitude 5.3      2010/07/30 11:39:56 Depth 62 km MOLUCCA SEA – Indonesia

Friday, July 30, 2010 at 07:39:56 PM at epicenter

167 km (104 miles) NNW (330°) from Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia
209 km (130 miles) ENE (71°) from Manado, Sulawesi, Indonesia

Earthquake Report remark : At least 100 km out of the coast of the Indonesian islands.
Almost none to very light shaking in the coastal areas is expected.

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Magnitude 4.8      2010/07/30 07:53:29 Depth 30 km     KURIL ISLANDS – Russia

Friday, July 30, 2010 at 07:53:29 PM at epicenter

60 km from the (beautiful) Volcanic islands of Kraternyy and Ostrov Ketoy
436 km (271 miles) ENE (64°) from Kuril’sk, Kuril Islands
481 km (299 miles) SSW (209°) from Severo-Kuril’sk, Kuril Islands, Russia

Earthquake Report remark : A very active seismic area (with a lot of volcanoes)

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Magnitude 5.2      2010/07/30 04:37:21 Depth 10 km     BALLENY ISLANDS REGION

Friday, July 30, 2010 at 02:37:20 PM at epicenter

695 km (430 miles) NW of Young Island, Balleny Islands
810 km (500 miles) SSW of Macquarie Island, Australia

Earthquake Report remark : Open ocean earthquake in between Australia and Antarctica

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Magnitude 4.5      2010/07/30 01:48:48 Depth 53 km KAMCHATKA, RUSSIA

Friday, July 30, 2010 at 01:48:47 PM at epicenter

90 km (55 miles) ESE of Petropavlovsk-Kamchatskiy, Russia
330 km (205 miles) NE of Severo-Kuril’sk, Kuril Islands, Russia

Earthquake Report remark : This is a foreshock of the much stronger M 6.2 earthquake who struck 2 hours later in the same area

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Magnitude 4.6      2010/07/30 01:04:31 Depth 10 km     CHINA – EASTERN XIZANG (Tibet)

Friday, July 30, 2010 at 09:04:30 AM at epicenter

110 km (70 miles) NNE of Pula (Nyingchi), Xizang (Tibet), China
230 km (145 miles) WSW of Qamdo, Xizang (Tibet), China
295 km (185 miles) ESE of Nagqu, Xizang (Tibet), China
2220 km (1370 miles) WSW of BEIJING, Beijing, China

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Magnitude 4.7      2010/07/30 00:22:10       Depth : 71.4 km     MINDORO, PHILIPPINES

Friday, July 30, 2010 at 08:22:10 AM at epicenter

35 km (20 miles) WSW of Calapan, Mindoro, Philippines
60 km (40 miles) SSW of Batangas, Luzon, Philippines
155 km (95 miles) S of MANILA, Philippines
175 km (110 miles) WSW of San Pedro, Luzon, Philippines

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