Turkmenistan – Moderate M 4.9 tremor almost on top of Balkanabad

Balkanabat lies at the foot of the Balkan Dagl...

Balkanabat and the surrounding mountain range - Image via Wikipedia

Earthquake Report comment :
Epicenter almost on top of Balkanabat (population 87,822).
Magnitude is normally not damaging, but with fragile brick houses and very close to the epicenter, the risk for damage and injuries is always present.
Almost on top of Balkanabat. One felt report arrived at USGS with a MM value of IV =  light shaking.
Now, 15 hours after the quake occurred, we haven’t find any traces of this earthquake in the National or international press. Is earthquake-report.com the only one on our planet trying to find out if everything is OK in Balkanabat ?

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mb 4.9
Saturday, August 28, 2010 at 05:46:59 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 30 km
Geo-location(s) :
almost on top of  Balkanabat (Nebitdag), Turkmenistan
135 km (85 miles) ESE of Turkmenbasy (Krasnovodsk), Turkmenistan
385 km (240 miles) WNW 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
USGS historic earthquakes map

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3 Responses

  1. Dear eartquake-report.com. Im from that city and everything is ok. Nobody hurt, nobody died, nothing damaged. We tried to know the magnitude but nobody answer. Thanks fro info. But last years its happening frequently, always at night, and at holy month of ramadan (year 2000, 2006, 2010) Is something happening? Thanks a lot

  2. And first earthquake that night was at 00:15? local time but it was lower magnitude.

  3. Thank you Davlet. It really appreciate it letting us and our readers know that a potentially dangerous earthquake caused no damage. The China earthquake from Sunday with the same Magnitude, but with a depth of 30 km devastated 7500 houses ! Keep us informed for Turkmenistan if you feel it should be reported.

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