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Magnitude 6.5 EQ Hits SE Iran

Posted by feww on December 21, 2010

Deadly 6.5Mw Quake Strikes Kerman Province, Iran

At least a dozen people are reported dead, with dozens more injured or trapped under the rubble

The strong earthquake struck about 100 km (60 miles) SE of the city of Bam, at a depth of 11.8km, and was felt throughout the southeastern province of Sistan-Baluchestan, bordering Afghanistan and Pakistan, reports say.

“Hundreds of people are still trapped under the rubbles,” according to the governor of Iran’s Kerman province, where the quake occurred.

“Many people left their houses in the city of Zahedan .. It was also felt in the towns of Bam, Khash and Iranshahr,” the semi-official Fars news agency reported.

“In some rural parts of the region … the quake has caused heavy damage to buildings, especially in Hosseinabad village, where the houses were made of earthen bricks.” Reuters reported the State television, quoting an unnamed local Red Crescent official.

However, the area is not densely populated and the number of injured are reported at less than 30, as of posting.

Up to 31,000 people were killed when an earthquake destroyed much of the city of Bam in 2003.

FIRE-EARTH Moderators forecast intense seismic activity in and around the Arabian Plate, near Zagros Fold-Thrust Belt, Oman Ophiolite, Persian Gulf Basin, Owen Fracture Zone, the Arabian Shield and the Red Sea Uplift.

10-degree Map Centered at 30°N,60°E


EQ Location Map. Source: USGS. Enhanced by FIRE-EARTH

arabian plate saudi geological survey

Arabian Plate. Image Credit: Saudi Arabian Geological Survey

Earthquake Details

  • Magnitude: 6.5
  • Date-Time:
    • December 20, 2010 at 18:41:59 UTC
    • December 20, 2010 at 10:11:59 PM at epicenter
  • Location: 28.491°N, 59.117°E
  • Depth: 11.8 km (7.3 miles) set by location program
  • Region: Kerman Province, SE Iran
  • Distances:
    • 100 km (60 miles) SE of Bam, Iran
    • 205 km (125 miles) WSW of Zahedan, Iran
    • 210 km (130 miles) NW of Iranshahr, Iran
    • 1080 km (670 miles) SE of TEHRAN, Iran
  • Location Uncertainty: horizontal +/- 13.9 km (8.6 miles)
  • Source: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)

At least one significant aftershock measuring about 5.0Mw has been reported, as of posting.

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