Dangerous shallow earthquake strikes near Jenah and Bastak (Iran)

Bastak

Bastak Iran - Image via Wikipedia

Update 14:28 UTC :  “This morning’s quake in Jenah has caused no damages so far,” Gheibi told Mehr News Agency, adding that rescue teams were on standby. (source : Iran Press TV)

Earthquake Report comment :
As there are different coordinates of the exact epicenter, we have used this time the Magnitude data from USGS and the epicenter location data from the Institute of Geophysics, University of Tehran.
Based on our experience with Iranian earthquakes, even M +5 earthquakes can be very dangerous.
Iranians live mostly in brick houses which are very vulnerable for earthquake shocks.
Unfortunately only very few reports come out of the country.
Although Bastak and Jenah are the bigger cities in the Hormuzgan province,  they do not exceed a population of 50,000. The area is a common earthquake target with major disasters.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mb 5.3
Tuesday, September 07, 2010 at 05:41:07 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 28 km
Geo-location(s) :
20 Km of Jenah, Hormozgan, Iran
25 Km of  Bastak, Hormozgan, Iran
37 Km of Bandar chark, Hormozgan, 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 (University Tehran)
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place (USGS)
USGS historic earthquakes map

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Earthquakes list September 7, 2010

M 4.9      2010/09/07 20:51   Depth 47.5 km     SOUTHERN QINGHAI, CHINA
Not really dangerous, but for the people of Yushu, a traumatic experience. Yushu is only 50 km from this epicenter.
Yushu was devastatated on April 13 by a 6.9 Magnitude earthquake.  More than 3000 people lost their life.

M 5.2      2010/09/07 19:54   Depth 15.5 km      SOUTHERN EAST PACIFIC RISE
On top of a fault line in the middle of the South Pacific Ocean

M 5.1      2010/09/07 19:49   Depth 1 km      CHRISTCHURCH, SOUTH ISLAND OF NEW ZEALAND
Aftershock 10 km northwest of Diamond Harbour. Very close to the city !

M 6.2      2010/09/07 16:13   Depth 10.0 km      FIJI REGION
Read our extensive report page

M 5.5      2010/09/07 15:41   Depth 4.6 km       KYRGYZSTAN
Read our detailed page published minutes after the earthquake occurred

M 5.4      2010/09/07 12:49   Depth 35.5 km       FIJI REGION
Far enough away from Alo to call this seaquake harmless.
Alo (also known unofficially as Tu`a or the Kingdom of Futuna) is one of three official chiefdoms of the French territory of Wallis and Futuna in Oceania in the South Pacific Ocean.

M 5.0      2010/09/07 11:30   Depth 30.3 km       KURIL ISLANDS
Epicenter near the Kuril-Kamchatka trench (subduction zone)

M 4.9      2010/09/07 07:22   Depth 35.0 km     SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA
Moderate aftershock in the same area as the M 5.8 earthquake earlier today

M 4.2      2010/09/07   05:54   Depth 25.0 km     KODIAK ISLAND REGION, ALASKA
Weak earthquake in the Gulf of Alaska at a moderate distance from Kodiak Island

M 5.3      2010/09/07   02:11    Depth 27.9 km      SOUTHERN IRAN
Dangerous shallow earthquake near a lot of villages. Click here for a  detailed report.


M 4.9      2010/09/07   01:42    Depth 390.4 km      FIJI REGION

Too deep to cause problems

M 5.8      2010/09/07   00:57    Depth 34.1 km      SOUTHWEST OF SUMATRA, INDONESIA
Very powerful earthquake but luckily far enough from the coast line that it poses no danger for the population.


seismograph - recordingUseful 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, also called GMT)
The page is regularly updated to add new earthquakes.
green color = NOT dangerous for damage or injuries
orange color = MODERATE risk for damage or injuries
red color = CONSIDERABLE risk for damage or injuries

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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

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Southern Iran – M 5.3 earthquake July 31 – update – 700 houses damaged in Negar

Earthquake Report update on the July 31 Magnitude 5.3 earthquake in Southern Iran
(This is the first news out of Iran more than 24 hours after the earthquake !) :

Most of the damage was in the town of Negar, in the Kerman province.

Excerpt of the Tehran times from August 1 :
There have been no reports of casualties but many homes have been damaged.Rescue teams have been dispatched to the stricken region from the neighboring cities, an official from Kerman’s Red Crescent said.20 percent of buildings have sustained 15 to 40 percent damages, the local official added.“Due to the town’s ancient structure, today’s earthquake damaged about 700 houses,” Ali Reza Kazemi, the mayor of Negar, told the IRNA news agency.

Remark of Earthquake Report:
Earthquake Report is not sure at all that all the details have been given.
The town of Baft was also very nearby and the given information does not look complete, no word on Baft.
If many houses were badly damaged, there must certainly be at least injured people.
As there are no independent journalists to report, we are cautious to believe the government reports.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Saturday, July 31, 2010 at 10:22:57 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 22 km
Geolocation(s) :
32 km  of Baft  Iran
95 km (60 miles) SSW of Kerman, Iran
110 km (70 miles) E of Sirjan, Iran
135 km (85 miles) SE of Rafsanjan, Iran

Google satellite map of Negar

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