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Moderate mag. 5.8 earthquake - Tajikistan-Xinjiang Border Region on Friday, 12 February 2021 at 17:01 (GMT) - information

Moderate mag. 5.8 earthquake - 29 km southwest of Murghab, Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan, on Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 10:01 pm (GMT +5)

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Moderate mag. 5.8 earthquake - 29 km southwest of Murghab, Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan, on Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 10:01 pm (GMT +5) Moderate mag. 5.8 earthquake - 29 km southwest of Murghab, Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan, on Friday, Feb 12, 2021 at 10:01 pm (GMT +5)

Moderate magnitude 5.8 earthquake at 100 km depth

12 Feb 17:08 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
12 Feb 17:09: Magnitude recalculated from 6.2 to 6.0. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 91.0 to 86.0 km (from 57 to 53 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 2.8 km (1.8 mi) towards SE.
12 Feb 17:45: Magnitude recalculated from 6.0 to 5.8.
12 Feb 22:32: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 86.0 to 100.0 km (from 53 to 62 mi).
Update Fri, 12 Feb 2021, 21:36
Scary quake may have been felt by millions in Afghanistan, India, Kyrgyzstan, Pakistan and Tajikistan
User reports for this quake on a map
User reports for this quake on a map
Millions of people in the northern parts of India and Pakistan were awoken by a very noticeable earthquake on Friday evening (February 12, 2021).
The earthquakes epicenter was actually in nearby Tajikistan, yet this relatively deep earthquake at an intermediate 86 km below the surface caused it to be felt as far as New Delhi in India, over 1100 km away, and even further than Bhopal in Central India, some 1600 km away.
Both the Indian and Pakistani sides of Kashmir got shaken significantly, with a huge number of comments coming in to VolcanoDiscovery describing the shaking and panic of people fleeing outdoors. People from Indian cities such as Amritsar, Bathinda, Chandigarh, Gujrat, Gurdaspur, Jaipur, Jammu, Noida, Sopore and Srinagar all reported shaking. Near the city of Mirpur 550 km away from the epicenter, one report wrote "The ground shook side to side then up and down. I ran downstairs with my heart pumping. I took my mother and grandma outside. Very scary. May God have mercy."

Pakistan also felt major shaking with reports coming in from Faisalabad, Gujranwala, Hafizabad, Islamabad, Lahore, Peshawar and Rawalpindi. A report from Lahore wrote "The bed shook violently for at least 10 seconds. At first, I just freaked out and could not figure out the reason for the shaking but became sure that it was an earthquake after my mother came running out of her room, awakened from sleep." A family from Faisalabad even sent in their photo waiting outdoors in the open for possible aftershocks.

Many locations reported objects falling from shelves, beds shaking for as much as 15 seconds, lamps and fans swaying, creaking walls, agitated animals, birds flying from trees or chirping, sounds like thunder, and even people shouting "earthquake". Many thousands ran outdoors, and this could have been in the hundreds of thousands, as the quake was also felt in countries that have poor connectivity to report, with a handful of reports of shaking from Afghanistan and Kyrgyzstan. Weak shaking was also felt in Dushanbe and Khujand in Tajikistan, and moderate shaking was felt in Osh, Kyrgyzstan's second largest city 280 km from the epicenter. While we received no reports from China, the proximity of Xinjiang, the Uygur autonomous region in China relatively close to the epicenter, means that it was almost certainly felt there as well. No immediate aftershocks were reported by seismological agencies in few hours after the quake.
Update Fri, 12 Feb 2021, 17:32
USGS now posts the quake as magnitude 5.9, a bit weaker than the originally reported magnitude 6. So far, we have no clear picture whether there is significant damage and there are no reports yet.
The area of the epicenter is largely unpopulated mountain terrain, part of the mighty Pamir mountains.
It is located in the Badakhshan National Park, part of the Gorno-Badakhshan Autonomous Oblast (GBAO) in southeastern Tajikistan.
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Earthquake details

Date & timeFeb 12, 2021 17:01:35 UTC -
Local time at epicenterFriday, Feb 12, 2021 at 10:01 pm (GMT +5)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.8
Depth100.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude38.06°N / 73.67°E (Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan)
Antipode38.06°S / 106.33°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt5404 reports
Primary data sourceGFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Nearby towns and cities29 km (18 mi) WSW of Murghab (pop: 10,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
235 km (146 mi) NE of Ishqoshim (Ishkoshim) (pop: 26,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
255 km (159 mi) SW of Kashgar (Xinjiang, China) (pop: 274,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
285 km (177 mi) SSE of Osh (Kyrgyzstan) (pop: 200,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
341 km (212 mi) E of Kŭlob (Khatlon) (pop: 78,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
374 km (232 mi) SE of Konibodom (Sughd) (pop: 50,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
428 km (266 mi) SE of Khujand (Sughd) (pop: 144,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
430 km (267 mi) E of Duschanbe (Dushanbe) (pop: 679,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
522 km (324 mi) SE of Tashkent (Uzbekistan) (pop: 1,978,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
563 km (350 mi) NE of Kabul (Afghanistan) (pop: 3,043,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeClear Sky -20.4°C (-5 F), humidity: 61%, wind: 2 m/s (3 kts) from SW
Estimated seismic energy released3.2 x 1013 joules (8.78 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 7558 tons of TNT or 0.5 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.8100 kmTajikistan-Xinjiang Border RegionGFZ
5.992 kmTAJIKISTANEMSC
5.999 km37 Km W of Murghob, TajikistanUSGS
6.2106 kmTajikistan-Xinjiang Border RegionBMKG
6.1100 km塔吉克斯坦, TajikistanCEIC
5.994 kmTajikistan-Xinjiang Border RegionGeoAu
6.515 kmHindu Kush And Pamir Area, TajikistanKNDC
6.30 kmKyrgizstan Region, TajikistanKRNET

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Punjab,india / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Im from punjab india | 13 users found this interesting.  
  • I was doing chat with my friend and I felt my bed is shaking and at the same time my friend wrote my bed is shivering...... So I realized it.....it was for 5-10 seconds
  • Our bed started vibrating nd our room is made with wood nd it felt a very strong shaking
Islamabad (505.3 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 20-30 s : It came in two waves. the second one stronger than the first. | 11 users found this interesting.  
Ludhiana, Punjab / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : I was sleeping and felt shaking and then the noise from windows helped me to realize that it’s an earthquake | 7 users found this interesting.  
Ludhiana punjab india / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : It was light shake first for 2 to 5 sec and after a minute it was shake again and I could see ceiling fan moving which lasted for about 5 sec. | 5 users found this interesting.  
  • Yes I m sleep then bed is
  • Yes I m sleep then bed is
near Gilgit (253.7 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was having dinner and suddenly I felt slight earthquake. Thank GOD I'm safe and everything is safe around me. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Lahore, Pakistan / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I was sitting on my bed. The bed shook violently for at least 10 seconds. At first, I just freaked out and could not figure out the reason for the shaking but became sure that it was an earthquake after my mother came running out of her room, a | 4 users found this interesting.  
Mirpur Azad Kashmir / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) / 10-15 s : That was some serious shit whole setup fell down with 2 monitors and people run to open ground in mirpur azad kashmir felth like minimum 5 | 4 users found this interesting.  
delhi (1106.5 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / simple rolling (tilting sideways along one direction) : there were 2-3 large swings in the beginning and after that there were light swings in the building for approx 2 minutes. | 4 users found this interesting.  
S A S Nagar, Mohali (863.5 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 5-10 s : Shaking of bed and some noise with fans swinging slightly and windows rattling. | 4 users found this interesting.  
Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir (455.2 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 20-30 s : The quake was felt for several seconds and people rushed outside their houses. Due to horrific past experiences people remained outside for on roads for 10 to 15 minutes. Somes cracks have been left on few buildings | One user found this interesting.  
Rajaori, Jammu and Kashmir (529 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s : It was lying on my bed that time .I feel my bed mov | One user found this interesting.  
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near Mardan, Mardān District, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (438.5 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : First it was Slow shocks but then The shocks were very strong felt by all Humans and Animals .and Alla came out of Rooms and Houses . | One user found this interesting.  
near Phillaur, Jalandhar district, Punjab (812.6 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / single vertical bump / very short : First was the maximum amplitude wave, very short and very severe, all the furniture, windows vibrated and made noise for a fraction of a second and then many smaller ripples continued for 2-3 minutes..appeared to be more than 7 on Richter scale. | One user found this interesting.  
Lahore / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / horizontal (sideways) swinging : Strong felt quake | 3 users found this interesting.  
  • Very strong sideway shaking,window panes shaked/banged.Never felt this type of strong,earthquake. (not even 2005)
Srinagar, Kashmir, India / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s | 3 users found this interesting.
Patiala / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 20-30 s : Bed was suddenly shaking even curtains started to move. I felt to shocks one at low and second at higher intensity | 3 users found this interesting.  
  • Sangrur very amazing
Jammu, Jammu and Kashmir (607.5 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : N/A | 2 users found this interesting.  
Arabian Sea (1841.7 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating : From Gilgit City north of Pakistan and closed to China border , it was moderate shaking with sound effects in the city .  
Chackshehzad isb (491.3 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : For once  
Pathankot, Punjab (670.2 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : 2 separate times, first was like 1 second long, the second was about 5 seconds, the locked doors made some noise, and the ceiling fan moved a little.  
Karol Bāgh, Central, Delhi (1101.1 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 10-15 s : While I was watching news over the television, I felt the room shaking...i went out in the balcony of my fifth floor apartment and heard dogs barking all over! Thereafter I saw news about the same flashing all over the TV channels!  
Jīnd, Haryana (1001.7 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : It's for 5 to 7 seconds two quakes comes .. I am on bed I felt moving bed from east to west it's two powerful shoks  
Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh (756.6 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt / 5-10 s : Observed exactly half an hour ago while lying on bed...thank almighty for being able to tell this experience comfortably lying there!  
Raiwind, Kasūr District, Punjab (754.8 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / rattling, vibrating : I was sitting in my office and my chair started vibration and my pc too. I ran outside and saw everyone was running and coming outside from the covered area to open outside area. A scary atmosphere developed.  
near Bhimbar, Azad Kashmir (580.2 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 2-5 s : I was offering prayer and sit on the surface when I felt a strong jerk after a while I felt again and I stand and go out side. It was strong enough many people came out of houses  
near Māler Kotla, Sangrur, Punjab (859.8 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 5-10 s : I   
Islamabad (489 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / rattling, vibrating / 20-30 s : The Earthquake came twice in a matter of 10-15 seconds with two shocks.The second shock while hitting caused heavy rattling to the landscape disrupting steady movement but thankfully in my area, our neighbors are safe for now  
Nankana Sahib, Punjab (737 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) / 20-30 s : I was in Sajdah after my Esha Prayer and praying to ALLAH ALMIGHTY for my Success in my Visions, when I felt very strong shakes of Earthquake and I kept praying to ALLAH ALMIGHTY. "ALLAH IS GREAT'  
near Haripur, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (470.5 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging : I was in bed and there was some slight shaking which suddenly became very fast and me and my family ran out of the house away from the building. We waited about 5-7 minutes before coming inside after the earthquake had stopped.  
25 km of Bargi, Jabalpur, Madhya Pradesh (1789.3 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 5-10 s : Just saw the fans move very slightly could feel a faint shake of the chair, did not hear people screaming earthquake, no one running out of the houses,.  
Arabian Sea (1841.7 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating : From Gilgit City north of Pakistan and closed to China border , it was moderate shaking with sound effects in the city .  
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (5 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Mar 16, 2021 12:48
1 year 10 weeks ago
2.8

10 km
60 km SW of Murghab, Gorno-Badakhshan, TajikistanMore
Mar 7, 2021 00:50
1 year 11 weeks ago
2.8

10 km
22 km W of Murghab, Gorno-Badakhshan, TajikistanMore
Mar 4, 2021 03:49
1 year 12 weeks ago
3.2

10 km
52 km SW of Murghab, Gorno-Badakhshan, TajikistanMore
Feb 26, 2021 05:50
1 year 13 weeks ago
2.9

10 km
48 km SW of Murghab, Gorno-Badakhshan, TajikistanMore
Feb 26, 2021 02:01
1 year 13 weeks ago
3.8

10 km
22 km W of Murghab, Gorno-Badakhshan, TajikistanMore

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