Moderate yet deep magnitude 5.1 quake hits 36 km southeast of Taloqan, Afghanistan early morning
Sat, 18 Mar 2023, 00:19 00:19 AM | BY: EARTHQUAKEMONITOR
An intermediate magnitude 5.1 earthquake was reported early morning near Taloqan, Tāluqān, Takhar, Afghanistan.
5.1 quake 18 Mar 4:30 am (GMT +4:30)
According to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the quake hit on Saturday, March 18th, 2023, at 4:00 am local time at an intermediate depth of 149 km. The strength of the earthquake may have been tempered by its relative great depth below the surface, which makes it feel weaker in absolute terms. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake which listed the quake at magnitude 5.1 as well. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 5.2.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Farkhār (pop. 10,500) located 8 km from the epicenter, Taloqan (pop. 64,300) 36 km away, Rustāq (pop. 25,600) 56 km away, Ārt Khwājah (pop. 18,600) 64 km away, Khanabad (pop. 71,500) 71 km away, Faizabad (pop. 44,400) 81 km away, Nahrin (pop. 22,400) 94 km away, Kunduz (pop. 161,900) 95 km away, and Baghlan (pop. 108,400) 121 km away.
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Date & time: Mar 18, 2023 4:30 am (GMT +4:30) local time (18 Mar 2023 00:00 GMT)
Depth: 149.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 36.63°N / 69.91°E (Farkhār, Takhar, Afghanistan)
Primary data source: GFZ
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