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M5.7 Earthquake Strikes NE Iran

Posted by feww on July 30, 2010

5.7Mw quake jolts Iran’s NE city of Torbat-e Heydarieh, injuring at least 100 people, trapping dozens more under rubble

“There were no immediate reports of any mortalities in 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,” an official said, Press TV reported.

10-degree Map Centered at 35°N,60°E

Earthquake Location Map. Source: USGS/EHP. Enhanced by FEWW.

The earthquake occurred at about  06:20 p.m. local time (13:50UTC) shaking the the city (population: 400,000) for about 10 seconds, “causing excessive telecom disconnections, IRNA reported.”

Building in the  rural areas near the epicenter sustained 50 to 80 percent damage, the local governor told news agencies.

The Iranian Seismology Center said the quake struck about 7 km (4.3 miles) outside the city at a depth of about 7 km .

A magnitude-4.9 quake struck the southern Iranian port city of Bandar Abbas, injuring more than 700 people, the report said.

“In 2008, a strong earthquake measuring 6.1 in magnitude struck in Hormozgan, demolishing nearly 200 villages and killing at least six people,”  a report said.

In 2003 a 6.7Mw quake struck near the city of Bam in Iran’s Kerman province killing about 25,000 people.

Earthquake Details:

  • Magnitude: 5.6 [USGS/EHP estimate]
  • Date-Time:
    • Friday, July 30, 2010 at 13:50:14 UTC
    • Friday, July 30, 2010 at 05:20:14 PM at epicenter
  • Location: 35.225°N, 59.271°E
  • Depth: 26.1 km (16.2 miles) — [7km- see text]
  • Distances:
    • 7km (4.3miles) Torbat-e Heydariyeh, Iran
    • 115 km (75 miles) SSE of Neyshabur, Iran
    • 125 km (75 miles) SSW of Mashhad, Iran
    • 715 km (445 miles) E of TEHRAN, Iran
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 3.7 km (2.3 miles);
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
  • Event ID: us2010zibd

Fire-Earth Quake Forecasts and previous events:

Recent significant quakes:

Region: Off East Coast of Kamchatka
Time: 2010-07-30 03:56:13.2 UTC
Magnitude: 6.5
Epicenter: 160.08°E, 52.41°N
Depth: 14 km

GFZ Potsdam – Earthquake Bulletin

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