Iran – M 5.7 – 2 people killed and 17 people injured in Iran quake

Landscape around the epicenter - Click on the picture to see it in the Google map

Update August 28 – 8:47 UTC

Following Reuters alertnet the dead toll rises to 3 and tens of injured people are reported  after a shallow earthquake struck the area of Damghan. Read the full Reuters Alertnet report here

Update August 27 – 23:47 UTC

Irna, the Islamic Republic News Agency reports that in the Damghan area a 4 year old child and an infant were killed and 17 were injured.
The quake has damaged the villages of Kohzar (Kuh Zar) , Shimi (Shemi) and Kelo.
These villages are approximately 3 to 5 km from the epicenter.
Since the main tremor, 5 aftershocks have jolted the area.
Look here at a Panoramio picture taken in the immediate vicinity of the epicenter and the damaged villages

Initial Earthquake report
Luckily the epicenter area is scarcely populated.
Shallow earthquakes in Iran can be very damaging.
286 people live in a radius of 5 km around the epicenter
547 people live in a radius of 10 km around the epicenter
818 people live in a radius of 20 km around the epicenter
1957 people live in a radius of 50 km around the epicenter
92,247 people live in a radius of 100 km around the epicenter
GDACS has issued a GREEN earthquake report shortly after the earthquake.
Maximum expected shaking in a radius of 25 km around the epicenter will be VI Mercalli = strong shaking.
As houses are NOT earthquake proof in Iran, and earthquake of this magnitude is mostly very dangerous.

The earthquake was felt until Tehran, 285 km from the epicenter.
Reuters Alertnet reports that Iranian state television brought a report that ‘Three villages in the area were damaged … and three people were injured‘. Read the full report in Reuters Alertnet

There are NO nuclear installations or hydrodams in the epicenter area.
Local agencies are reporting a Magnitude of 5.9.
The earthquake struck south of Damghan city in the desert area of Dasht-e-Kavir. Damghan City has a population of 67,694 and is located about 81 km from the epicenter.

Seismogram of this earthquake in nearby Armenia.

Bam photographed in november/2002

City of Bam in 2002 - Image via Wikipedia

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.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Friday, August 27, 2010 at 10:53:48 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km
Geo-location(s) :
105 km (65 miles) E of Semnan, Iran
155 km (95 miles) S of Gorgan, Iran
285 km (175 miles) E of TEHRAN, Iran

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
USGS Shaking map
USGS historic earthquakes 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

QuakeSOS has been developed to help actively people who are caught in an earthquake + delivers "Earthquake Report" information on your iPhoneQuakeSOS is a FREE  iPhone application developed by Armand Vervaeck, the creator and main contributor to Earthquake Report.  The Application simplifies immediate group communication to friends and family members (with your exact GPS location) and is constantly feeding the users with “Earthquake Report” news. Together with your own family and friends, QuakeSOS will be your closest earthquake friend.

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Iran – M 5.7 – Dangerous shallow earthquake in Northern Iran

Update August 28 – 8:47 UTC

Following Reuters alertnet the dead toll rises to 3 and tens of injured people are reported  after a shallow earthquake struck the area of Damghan. Read the full Reuters Alertnet report here

Earthquake Report comment update (August 27, 23:30 UTC ):

Irna, the Islamic Republic News Agency reports that in the Damghan area a 4 year old child and an infant were killed and 17 were injured.
The quake has damaged the villages of Kohzar (Kuh Zar) , Shimi (Shemi) and Kelo.
These villages are approximately 3 to 5 km from the epicenter.
Since the main tremor, 5 aftershocks have jolted the area.
Look here at a Panoramio picture taken in the immediate vicinity of the epicenter and the damaged villages

Earthquake Report comment :
Luckily the epicenter area is scarcely populated.
Shallow earthquakes in Iran can be very damaging.
286 people live in a radius of 5 km around the epicenter
547 people live in a radius of 10 km around the epicenter
818 people live in a radius of 20 km around the epicenter
1957 people live in a radius of 50 km around the epicenter
92,247 people live in a radius of 100 km around the epicenter
GDACS has issued a GREEN earthquake report shortly after the earthquake.
Maximum expected shaking in a radius of 25 km around the epicenter will be VI Mercalli = strong shaking.
As houses are NOT earthquake proof in Iran, and earthquake of this magnitude is mostly very dangerous.

The earthquake was felt until Tehran, 285 km from the epicenter.
Reuters Alertnet reports that Iranian state television brought a report that ‘Three villages in the area were damaged … and three people were injured‘. Read the full report in Reuters Alertnet

There are NO nuclear installations or hydrodams in the epicenter area.
Local agencies are reporting a Magnitude of 5.9.
The earthquake struck south of Damghan city in the desert area of Dasht-e-Kavir. Damghan City has a population of 67,694 and is located about 81 km from the epicenter.

Bam photographed in november/2002

City of Bam in 2002 - Image via Wikipedia

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.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Friday, August 27, 2010 at 10:53:48 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km
Geo-location(s) :
105 km (65 miles) E of Semnan, Iran
155 km (95 miles) S of Gorgan, Iran
285 km (175 miles) E of TEHRAN, Iran

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
USGS Shaking map
USGS historic earthquakes 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

QuakeSOS has been developed to help actively people who are caught in an earthquake + delivers "Earthquake Report" information on your iPhoneQuakeSOS is a FREE  iPhone application developed by Armand Vervaeck, the creator and main contributor to Earthquake Report.  The Application simplifies immediate group communication to friends and family members (with your exact GPS location) and is constantly feeding the users with “Earthquake Report” news. Together with your own family and friends, QuakeSOS will be your closest earthquake friend.

List of Deadly Earthquakes in 2010

The following Earthquakes have unfortunately caused victims.
The list will be a surprise for a lot of you.  Many powerful earthquakes are forgotten by the press if they occur in scarcely populated areas or poor countries.
The numbers hereunder are only the top of the iceberg, because people on the countryside are not always easy to reach.

  • M 5.7 – 27/08 – Iran (North) – 3 dead, dozens injured and damage in 3 villages
  • M 5.3 – 31/07 –  Iran (South) – 1 dead, unknown number of wounded people + a lot of damage in and near Negar
  • M 5.8 – 20/07 – Iran (South) – 1 Dead, 70 injured, a lot of damage in 4 villages
  • M 7.3 – 18/07 – Papua New Guinea (New Britain island) – 1 Dead, some injured, damage on houses and infrastructure
  • M 7.0 – 16/06 – Indonesia (Irian Jaya) – 17 dead, a lot more injured, 2.556 houses badly damaged mostly on Yapen Island
  • M 5.1 – 14/05 –  Algeria (North) – 2 Dead, dozens injured a lot of damage in a few villages
  • M 5.3 – 19/04 – Afghanistan (Samargan) – 11Dead, 70 injured, destroying 2000 houses
  • M 6.9 – 14/04 – China (Tibet – Yushu) – 2698 Dead, 270 missing, 12135 injured, 1 city and a number of villages devastated
  • M 7.2 – 04/04 – Mexico (Baja California) – 2 Dead, limited damage on buildings, roads etc in the Maxico – California border region
  • M 8.8 – 27/02 – Chile (Maule Region) – 521 Dead (mainly by a tsunami in the Talca area), thousand injured and huge damage on buildings and infrastructure – The earthquake last 90 seconds – Normally a M 8.8 earthquake would kill thousand’s of people, but thanks to the M 9.5 earthquakes of 1960, the Chilean government imposed very strict earthquake proof building rules. These rules saved the life of many people. The Chillan earthquake of 1930 left more than 30.000 people dead.
  • M 7.0 – 12/01 – Haiti (Port-au-Prince) – 230.000 Dead, 300.000 injured, 1.000.000 homeless – total chaos and devastation – it will take years of aid from the international community to rebuild the capital and the country all together. Haiti was one of the poorest nations in the world at the time of the earthquake.

Earthquakes list August 27, 2010

M 4.7      2010/08/27 22:14   Depth 40.6 km FOX ISLANDS, ALEUTIAN ISLANDS, ALASKA
Aftershock in a beautiful volcano scenery.

M 5.7      2010/08/27 19:23   Depth 10.0 km NORTHERN IRAN
See detailed report :  Dangerous shallow earthquake in Northern Iran

M 4.3   2010/08/27 15:52   Depth 108 km TARAPACA, CHILE
Very deep, not dangerous. Epicenter in the high desert of Chile

M 4.7   2010/08/27   15:49   Depth 34 km SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA
30 km from this island of Enggano. Not dangerous.

M 4.2   2010/08/27   15:25   Depth 147 km HINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTAN
Scarcely populated area.

M 4.6   2010/08/27 14:42   Depth 60 km NORTHWESTERN KASHMIR
Epicenter near a mountain summit at an altitude of 4500 meter.  I have included an altitude map of this beautiful area.
At M 4.6 and a depth of 60 km, we do not think this earthquake will be dangerous. The terrain is however very dangerous for landslides as it is completely surrounded by high mountains.

M 4.7      2010/08/27 12:32   Depth 35.2 km OFF THE EAST COAST OF KAMCHATKA, RUSSIA
Out of the coast of volcano rich Kamchatka.

M 4.1   2010/08/27 11:07   Depth 1 km
SOUTHERN XINJIANG, CHINA
Western Tibet. Very shallow, near the border with Kyrgyzstan. Not powerful enough to cause damage.

M 5.2      2010/08/27 09:10   Depth 35.0 km SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
Same area as the M 5.3 shock earlier today, but this time with a shallower hypocenter. A beautiful example of a volcano arc archipelago (The South American Plate is subducting the smaller South Sandwich Plate and creates the Volcano Arc).
In the upper left corner of the satellite map is South Georgia, well known to Antarctica travellers.

Map of the Scotia Plate

Image via Wikipedia

M 4.8   2010/08/27 08:03   Depth 46 km NEW BRITAIN REGION, P.N.G.
About 40 km out of the coast and just on the trench (see satellite image by clicking on this link)

M 5.0      2010/08/27 06:42   Depth 114.3 km EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
Luckily very deep not causing any danger. With an epicenter very near many villages close to the highlands highway, it would have been a potentially dangerous earthquake.

M 5.1      2010/08/27 04:40   Depth 133.6 km     NORTHERN PERU
This relatively deep earthquake has been felt by the population of Pucallpa as a weak to light shaking. Epicenter just next to Contamana.

M 5.0      2010/08/27 00:56   Depth 35.0 km      SOUTHERN SUMATRA, INDONESIA
60 km out of the coast. The shock will be felt in the coastal areas, but is not dangerous

M 5.3      2010/08/27 00:17   Depth 130.9 km      SOUTH SANDWICH ISLANDS REGION
Close to a number of uninhabited active volcanic islands (they are though real bird paradise islands, with thousands of penguins).  The panoramio picture shows icebergs (due to the relatively close Antarctic continent  – see map above) .

Useful information to read this daily earthquake list
This earthquake list covers minor and major earthquakes  in the world.
If a more detailed page is present, the earthquake line will be linked to the detailed page.
For your comfort, we will provide in most cases Google Satellite Map links to give you an idea where the earthquake struck, which terrain it happened and if villages or cities are located in the immediate vicinity. The reference for the time zone is UTC (Coordinated Universal Time)
The page is regularly updated to add new quakes.
green color = NOT dangerous for damage or injuries
orange color = MODERATE risk for damage or injuries
red color = CONSIDERABLE risk for damage or injuries

QuakeSOS has been developed to help actively people who are caught in an earthquake + delivers "Earthquake Report" information on your iPhoneQuakeSOS is a FREE  iPhone application developed by Armand Vervaeck, the creator and main contributor to Earthquake Report.  The Application simplifies immediate group communication to friends and family members (with your exact GPS location) and is constantly feeding the users with “Earthquake Report” news. Together with your own family and friends, QuakeSOS will be your closest earthquake friend.

Minor earthquakes are earthquakes without or with little damage risk.  In most cases these earthquakes have a Magnitude smaller than M 5.0 OR earthquakes with an hypocenter (depth) of more than 100 km OR earthquakes up to M 5.9 with an epicenter far away from populated areas.

In memory of the victims of August 27, 19XX – Pakistan, Albania, Timor and China

An aerial view of Quetta city at twilight (tak...

An aerial view of Quetta city - Image via Wikipedia

M 7.1  27-08-1931    Pakistan Depth 35 km  – killing 200 people
This was the second earthquake within a span of two days to hit the same Balochistan region.
It was much stronger than the earthquake on August 25th. It was felt in much of Balochistan and Sindh.
200 people were killed by falling masonry in Quetta. (courtesy : dripireland.org)

M 6.0  27-08-1942    Albania Depth 33 km  – killing 43 people
The earthquake occurred at 6:14 AM in the morning and was a result of the striking movement of the plates in the the Vlora, Elbasani, Dibra fault zone.
The quake killed 43 people, a lot more were injured and there was vast devastation of houses and infrastructure.
The earthquake was felt in Dibra-Maqellara as VIII to IX on the Mercalli scale.

M 7.0  27-08-1977    Indonesia Depth 44.6 km  – killing 2 people
2 killed and 25 injured at Atauro – Timor.

M 6.3  27-08-1998    China Depth 28 km  – killing 3 people
At least 3 people killed, 7 injured, more than 3,600 houses destroyed, 18,771 damaged and 159 livestock killed in Jiashi County.

“In memory of” is highlighting deadly earthquakes of the past.
People have forgotten a lot of these human tragedies.
We @ Earthquake Report are hopeful that people in these countries and cities will learn from their history and will make sure that they are building Earthquake Proof houses and that they know what to do when the earth will be shaking again.

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