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.

Advertisements

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

Iran – M 5.6 – Will Iran call for international help if needed and set aside his pride ?

Earthquake Report  feared from the very beginning that the impact of this earthquake might be high in damage and even in injured people.
It took the the Iranian news agencies hours before they could give apprehensive information of the earthquake zone. Still now, 7 hours later we have still not a good view on the precise size of the damages. As it is night in Iran, it will take many more hours before we will get new accurate information.
We truly hope that the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran can put aside there pride and will make a call for help to the International Community if external help would boost rescue efforts.

This is what Earthquake Report wrote minutes after the earthquake struck :
An very dangerous earthquake has struck in a very populated area near Iran city Torbat-e Heydariyeh.
The houses are NOT earthquake-proof constructed in this area, creating a very vulnerable environment.
Population in the immediate vicinity of the epicenter is estimated at 126.000.
We expect probable serious damage and even injuries as a result of this earthquake.
Series of smaller aftershocks may occur in the same region.
A lot of unknown factors will decide on the impact (duration of the quake, terrain, etc).
We will report with updates if more news becomes available.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Friday, July 30, 2010 at 05:20:12 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 17 km
Geolocation(s) :
NEAR Torbat-e Heydariyeh, Iran
115 km (70 miles) SSE of Neyshabur, Iran
120 km (75 miles) SSW of Mashhad, Iran
715 km (445 miles) E of TEHRAN, Iran

Links to important maps
USGS Shaking map

Iran – M 5.6 – Strong and dangerous shallow earthquake just under Torbat-e Heydariyeh

Earthquake Report comment :
An very dangerous earthquake has struck in a very populated area near Iran city Torbat-e Heydariyeh.
The houses are NOT earthquake-proof constructed in this area, creating a very vulnerable environment.
Population in the immediate vicinity of the epicenter is estimated at 126.000.
We expect probable serious damage and even injuries as a result of this earthquake.
Series of smaller aftershocks may occur in the same region.
A lot of unknown factors will decide on the impact (duration of the quake, terrain, etc).
We will report with updates if more news becomes available.

The worst earthquake in recent years, of 6.3 magnitude, struck the southeastern city of Bam, in Kerman province, in December 2003, killing 31,000 people — about a quarter of its population — and destroying the city’s ancient mud-built citadel.

Update 1 : 1u10 minutes after the quake, still no news from the Iranian press
Torbat-e Heydarieh  is famous for its Zafaran lands.
It has the first rank in the world for producing Saffron or Zafaran in Persian (Source : Wikipedia)

Update 2 ; First reports from the earthquake struck area : Based on the incoming reports, quake in Torbat-Heydarieh has damaged a number of rural residential units, the cars parked in streets, power cables and other telecommunication facilities. Large number of cattles have also been killed. Reports are yet to come on further details. (Source IRNA)

Update 3 : 3h30m after the quake struck, still no news from the epicenter area.
Only INRA did send a small communique stating damages to livestock, cars and some houses. Rescue teams were under way, but they take a long time to communicate on the impact of the earthquake.
It is now 21h47 (9:47 PM) in Iran

Update 4 : The earthquake damaged “between 50 and 100 percent of some villages,” provincial official Bahram Soltani was quoted as saying earlier by ISNA.
Efforts were under way to recover people who were still trapped under debris, while most of the injured were treated without being hospitalized, the reports said (source isna & afp)

Update 5 :  Will Iran call for international help if needed and set aside his pride ?
Earthquake Report  feared from the very beginning that the impact of this earthquake might be high in damage and even in injured people.
It took the the Iranian news agencies hours before they could give apprehensive information of the earthquake zone. Still now, 7 hours later we have still not a good view on the precise size of the damages. As it is night in Iran, it will take many more hours before we will get new accurate information.
We truly hope that the leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran can put aside there pride and will make a call for help to the International Community if external help would boost rescue efforts.

Update 6 : QuakeSOS assumes that the toll of the Iranian earthquake will rise the coming hours.
Iranian press is very scarce in details, but the following excerpt from an Iranian governor does not mean good news at all.
Torbat-e Heydarieh Gov. Mojtaba Sadeqian said 110 people were injured and at least one person was in critical condition, according to the official Press TV
“There were no immediate reports of any mortalities in the earthquake. However, it is widely believed that a large number of people are trapped under the rubble, and the casualties are expected to be high,” he said. (Source CNN)

Update 7 : Javad Erfanian, head of the provincial crisis management center, told IRNA that most of the injured have been treated without being hospitalized. He added that 13 injured are still in hospitals while two of them are in critical condition. Erfanian said that the quake has inflicted damage between 20 and 70 percent on several villages of Torbat-e Heydarieh and Zaveh. (Source IRNA)

Update 8 : Number of injured people climbing to 274 (source – Iranian Labour News Agency)

Update 9 : Injured number of people climbing to 284. Still no word of the extend of the damages .

Most important Earthquake Data:
Friday, July 30, 2010 at 05:20:12 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 17 km
Geolocation(s) :
NEAR Torbat-e Heydariyeh, Iran
115 km (70 miles) SSE of Neyshabur, Iran
120 km (75 miles) SSW of Mashhad, Iran
715 km (445 miles) E of TEHRAN, Iran

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
USGS Shaking map
USGS Pager map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
EMSC epicenter and fault line map

%d bloggers like this: