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.

Earthquakes list August 6, 2010

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.
The page is regularly updated to add new quakes.
Minor earthquakes are earthquakes less than Magnitude 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.
The reference for the time zone is UTC (Coordinated Universal Time)

M 5.1      2010/08/06 21:05:27 Depth 10 km     OFFSHORE BIO-BIO, CHILE
M 4.2      2010/08/06 19:15:52 Depth 48 km     SOUTHERN IRAN
M 4.1      2010/08/06 17:39:32 Depth 8 km      SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA, USA
M 4.6      2010/08/06 17:33:51 Depth 43 km  OFF THE COAST OF COSTA RICA
M 4.0      2010/08/06 17:27:30 Depth 30 km  OFF THE COAST OF JALISCO, MEXICO
M 3.3      2010/08/06 15:34:18 Depth 5 km  WYOMING, USA (aftershock)
M 4.0      2010-08-06   12:11:57 Depth 5 km CRETE, GREECE
M 4.8      2010-08-06   11:18:12  Depth 13 km CHUKOTKA, RUSSIA
M 5.6      2010/08/06  08:58:40 Depth 59 km KEPULAUAN BARAT DAYA, INDONESIA
M 4.2      2010-08-06   06:59:57 Depth 29 km SOUTHERN IRAN
M 5.2      2010/08/06 05:03:59 Depth  584 km FIJI REGION
M 4.8      2010/08/06 02:43:12 Depth  59 km  NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA (Aftershock)
M 4.8      2010/08/06 02:37:47 Depth  36 km  CRETE, GREECE
M 3.7      2010/08/06 01:20:03 Depth  8 km   Mammoth Lakes, CALIFORNIA, USA

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.

Earthquakes list August 5, 2010

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.
The page is regularly updated to add new quakes.
Minor earthquakes are earthquakes less than Magnitude 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.
The reference for the time zone is UTC (Coordinated Universal Time)

M 5.2      2010/08/05 20:35:51 Depth 38 km     OFFSHORE TARAPACA, CHILE
M 5.1      2010/08/05 19:04:05 Depth 67 km  KURIL ISLANDS, RUSSIA (Aftershock)
M 4.5      2010-08-05   18:54:18  Depth 10 km  MOROCCO
M 5.0      2010-08-05   18:17:48  Depth 33 km MYANMAR
M 4.4      2010/08/05 15:53:57 Debt 10 km NORTH OF SVALBARD (Spitsbergen)
M 4.0      2010-08-05   15:16:51 Depth 30 km SOUTHERN IRAN
M 4.0      2010/08/05 14:59:28 Depth 5 km    WYOMING, USA (Aftershock)

M 4.9      2010/08/05 12:40:28 Depth 119 km SANTA CRUZ ISLANDS
M 4.3      2010/08/05 09:20:46 Depth 85 km GUERRERO, MEXICO
M 5.0      2010/08/05 08:45:28 Depth 97 km EASTERN NEW GUINEA REG, PAPUA NEW GUINEA
M 4.7      2010/08/05 06:38:51 Depth 26 km     BIO-BIO, CHILE (aftershock)
M 5.2      2010/08/05 06:27:16 Depth 25 km      BIO-BIO, CHILE (aftershock)
M 5.7      2010/08/05 06:01:48 Depth 16 km     BIO-BIO, CHILE (aftershock of February 27)
M 5.6      2010/08/05 05:09:27 Depth 70 km     NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA (aftershock M 7.0)
M 4.7      2010/08/05 04:52:49 Depth 93  km    SOUTHERN PERU
M 4.7      2010/08/05 02:09:37 Depth 62  km    BANDA SEA, INDONESIA
M 5.1      2010/08/05 01:12:46 Depth 35  km    NEW BRITAIN REGION, PAPUA NEW GUINEA (aftershock M 7.0)
M 4.8      2010/08/05 00:04:18 Depth 5 km     WYOMING, USA
M 3.0      2010/08/05 00:04:03 Depth 5  km    WYOMING, USA

Iran earthquakes from July 30 and 31 – Why is Iran covering up the damage ?

On July 30 a Magnitude 5.6 earthquake struck at the Northeastern part of the country.
On July 31 a Magnitude 5.3 earthquake struck at the Southern part of the country.

Both quakes have resulted in considerable damage and as a certainty wounded almost 300 people.

The state reporting on both quakes is unacceptable.
Some state controlled messages talk about 20 to 70% devastation in nearby villages + injured people taken out of the rubble.
The images we see are just wall cracks.
Why does Iran is covering up the real situation on both quakes ?

We assume that it won’t let the outside world look into their internal affairs.
We pledge that earthquake victims are kept out of politics !

See also our earlier reports on these quakes

State TV images from the earthquake in Northeastern Iran (Reuters TV)

Iran – M 5.6 (July 30) – Iran media giving only drops of information on the earthquake

The latest bulletins (Iranian radio) are mentioning 170 injured people

Iran media giving only drops of information on the earthquake.
12 hours ago the Governor of the area struck by the earthquake, was talking about 110 people injured and a lot of damaged houses, eventually people laying under the debris.
The latest information (only on the State Radio) is talking about 170 injured people from which 22 where hospitalized.
No word anymore about damage, homeless people, etc.
‘QuakeSOS’  believes that the information from the quake area has to pass the strict censorship rules of the Islamic Government.
We urge the Iranian government to disclose ALL information they have asap and to call for assistance to the international community if needed.
Earthquakes are hopefully not a political issue.

This article is written because 15 hours after the earthquake struck just next to the city of Torbat-e Heydariyeh (pop estimated at 128000)

Reuters Alertnet report

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