Strong mag. 6.4 earthquake - 23 km southwest of Ahar, East Azerbaijan, Iran, on Sat, 11 Aug 2012 16:23 (Asia/Tehran)

Strong mag. 6.4 earthquake  - 23 km southwest of Ahar, East Azerbaijan, Iran, on Sat, 11 Aug 2012 16:23 (Asia/Tehran)

Strong magnitude 6.4 earthquake at 10 km depth

Date & time: 11 Aug 2012 12:23:17 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Sat, 11 Aug 2012 16:23 (Asia/Tehran)
Magnitude: 6.4
Depth: 9.9 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 38.3221°N / 46.8878°E (East Azerbaijan, Iran)
Nearest volcano: Sahand (75 km / 47 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
23 km (15 mi) SW of Ahar (pop: 94,300) --> See nearby quakes!
59 km (36 mi) ENE of Tabriz (pop: 1,424,600) --> See nearby quakes!
95 km (59 mi) N of Hashtrūd (Hashtroud) (pop: 16,900) --> See nearby quakes!
98 km (61 mi) E of Marand (pop: 124,200) --> See nearby quakes!
107 km (66 mi) SSE of Kapan (Syunik, Armenia) (pop: 33,200) --> See nearby quakes!
123 km (76 mi) W of Ardabil (Ardabīl) (pop: 410,800) --> See nearby quakes!
128 km (80 mi) NE of ‘Ajab Shīr (pop: 29,700) --> See nearby quakes!
131 km (82 mi) NNE of Bonāb (pop: 80,400) --> See nearby quakes!
166 km (103 mi) NNE of Mīāndoāb (West Azerbaijan) (pop: 132,800) --> See nearby quakes!
497 km (309 mi) NW of Teheran (Tehrān) (pop: 7,153,300) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 2.5 x 1014 joules (69.8 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 60036 tons of TNT or 3.8 atomic bombs!) More info
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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.
M 6.410 kmArmenia-Azerbaijan-Iran Border Reg.GFZ
M 6.49.9 km23km SW of Ahar, IranUSGS
M 6.410 kmNorthwestern IranGeoAu
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User reports for this quake (8)

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Tbilisi (Georgia, 405 km NW of epicenter) : Earthquake felt in Tbilisi (reported through EMSC)
Qazvin (Iran, 370 km SE of epicenter) : I was sitting on my chair. Suddenly I felt my chair shaking. Afterwards I looked at the a vase on my right, I saw that shaking but didn't fall on the floor. (reported through EMSC)
Yerevan (Armenia, 279 km NW of epicenter) : Around 16:35 Yerevan time, there were at least 3 shocks, after each of the shocks chandeliers swung. (reported through EMSC)
Rasht (Iran, 274 km SE of epicenter) : The center of the earthquake was in Ahar in Azarbaijan Sharghi province, and here in Rasht, Gilan, we just felt it, although a few. (reported through EMSC)
Tabriz (Iran, 58 km SW of epicenter) : İt was fearful, all people run out, after that another one (reported through EMSC)
Tabriz (Iran, 58 km SW of epicenter) : Answer by EMSC: No, these are ntural earthquakes آیا فعالیت‌های استخراج معدن و انفجارهای آن در ورزقان (معدن مس سونگون) می‌تواند منجر به این زمین لرزه شده باشد؟ (reported through EMSC)
Tabriz (Iran, 58 km SW of epicenter) : after first earthquake we have alot of aftershocks about1500.and in many time they are more tahn 3richter.we are alittle gazing seems unusual... (reported through EMSC)
Tabriz (Iran, 58 km SW of epicenter) : everybody came out of their houses ! (reported through EMSC)
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Strong mag. 6.4 earthquake - 23 km southwest of Ahar, East Azerbaijan, Iran, on Sat, 11 Aug 2012 16:23 (Asia/Tehran)
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Strong mag. 6.4 earthquake - 23 km southwest of Ahar, East Azerbaijan, Iran, on Sat, 11 Aug 2012 16:23 (Asia/Tehran)
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