Iran – M 5.0 – Moderate but dangerous shallow earthquake near the Iran – Turkmenistan border

Earthquake Report comment :
A shallow moderate earthquake struck the Bojnurd area in Northeastern Iran at 20:56 in the evening.
Even moderate quakes can result in Iran in a lot of damage.
Bonjurd has a population of 192,000.
So far we have seen no reports of the Iran media on this quake. Official Iran media is almost the only source of information in this part of the world.

Iran is criss-crossed with fault lines and is regularly hit by earthquakes, experiencing at least one slight tremor every day on average.
The worst in recent times hit Bam in southeastern Kerman province in December 2003, killing 31,000 people – about a quarter of its population – and destroying the city’s ancient mud-built citadel.
The deadliest quake in the country was in June 1990 and measured 7.7 on the Richter scale. About 37,000 people were killed and more than 100,000 injured in the northwestern provinces of Gilan and Zanjan. It devastated 27 towns and about 1,870 villages.

Update UTC 10:03 on August 12 : Iranian press tv : No reports of any casualties or damage yet.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Wednesday, August 11, 2010 at 08:56:21 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km
Geo-location(s) :
50 km (30 miles) NNW of Bojnurd, Iran
110 km (70 miles) W of ASHGABAT, Turkmenistan

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

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