Strong mag. 5.2 earthquake - 10.6 km southwest of Khowy, West Azerbaijan, Iran, on Sun, 23 Dec 2012 10:38 (Asia/Tehran)

Strong mag. 5.2 earthquake - 10.6 km southwest of Khowy, West Azerbaijan, Iran, on Sun, 23 Dec 2012 10:38 (Asia/Tehran)

Strong magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 11 km depth

23 Dec 07:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 21 minutes.
Date & time: Dec 23, 2012 06:38:57 UTC
Local time at epicenter: Sun, 23 Dec 2012 10:38 (Asia/Tehran)
Magnitude: 5.2
Depth: 10.5 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 38.5044°N / 44.8448°E (West Azerbaijan, Iran)
Antipode: 38.504°S / 135.155°W
Nearest volcano: unnamed (88 km / 55 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
11 km (7 mi) WSW of Khowy (pop: 175,400) --> See nearby quakes!
35 km (22 mi) N of Salmās (pop: 81,600) --> See nearby quakes!
46 km (28 mi) SSW of Qarah Ẕīā’ od Dīn (Qaren Zia' Od Din) (pop: 31,900) --> See nearby quakes!
81 km (51 mi) W of Marand (East Azerbaijan) (pop: 124,200) --> See nearby quakes!
92 km (57 mi) SSW of Nakhichivan (Nakhichevan, Azerbaijan) (pop: 64,800) --> See nearby quakes!
108 km (67 mi) N of Urmia (pop: 577,300) --> See nearby quakes!
108 km (67 mi) N of Urmia (pop: 577,300) --> See nearby quakes!
135 km (84 mi) WNW of Tabriz (East Azerbaijan) (pop: 1,424,600) --> See nearby quakes!
189 km (117 mi) S of Yerevan (Armenia) (pop: 1,093,500) --> See nearby quakes!
662 km (411 mi) WNW of Tehran (pop: 7,153,300) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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5.210.5 km10km WSW of Khvoy, IranUSGS
4.920 kmTurkey-Iran Border RegionGFZ
5.030 kmArmenia-Azerbaijan-Iran Border Reg.BMKG

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Salmās (Iran, 43 km SW of epicenter) : I was slept (at the end of my dream! :D ) and suddenly the shaking of Earthquacke wich was like an explosion began and lasted for nearly 15 seconds or maybe over! (reported through EMSC)  
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (6 quakes)

  • 29 Jan 2013 06:57 UTC
    | M 2.6 |
    7 km (4.3 mi) depth
    21 km (13 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 06 Jan 2013 00:09 UTC
    | M 2.1 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    22 km (14 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 29 Dec 2012 03:17 UTC
    | M 2.0 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    5 km (3 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 26 Dec 2012 03:56 UTC
    | M 3.0 |
    7 km (4.3 mi) depth
    11 km (7 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 23 Dec 2012 09:51 UTC
    | M 3.0 |
    2 km (1.2 mi) depth
    10 km (6 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 23 Dec 2012 07:12 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    23 km (14 mi) distance
    | USGS | Details

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