Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - 223 km west of Tehran, Tehrān, Iran, on 24 Oct 3:04 pm (GMT +4) -

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake  - 223 km west of Tehran, Tehrān, Iran, on 24 Oct 3:04 pm (GMT +4)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 10 km depth

24 Oct 11:39 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 5 minutes.
24 Oct 11:40: Magnitude recalculated from 5.0 to 4.9. Epicenter location corrected by 6.4 km (4 mi) towards WNW.
24 Oct 11:46: Magnitude recalculated from 4.9 to 5.0. Epicenter location corrected by 12.4 km (7.7 mi) towards N.
Update Sat, 24 Oct 2020, 12:04
Significant 5.0 quake hits near Karaj, Iran
5.0 quake: 76 Km SSW of Alvand, Iran, 24 Oct 2020 11:34
5.0 quake: 76 Km SSW of Alvand, Iran, 24 Oct 2020 11:34
An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 occurred 31 minutes ago 185 km west of Karaj, Iran, the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam (GFZ) reported. The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter early afternoon on Saturday 24 October at 3.34 pm local time. Magnitude and other quake parameters can still change in the coming hours as the agency continues to process seismic data.
A second report was later issued by GeoAu agency, which listed it as a magnitude 5.2 earthquake. Other agencies reporting the same quake include United States Geological Survey (USGS) at magnitude 5.0, Iranian Seismological Center (IRSC) at magnitude 5.4, and European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 5.0.
Generally quakes of this magnitude are recorded by more than one agency and the results can vary, with subsequent reports that come in after the first one often showing more accuracy.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. In areas close to the epicenter, it has the potential to cause damage to buildings etc.
Towns or cities near the epicenter that are likely to be affected include Abhar (pop. 69,900) at a distance of 59 km with light shaking, Khorramdarreh (pop. 50,500) at a distance of 65 km with light shaking, Pasragad Branch (pop. 787,900) at a distance of 107 km with weak shaking, and Karaj (pop. 1,448,100) at a distance of 185 km with weak shaking.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 24 Oct 2020 11:34:18 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: 24 Oct 3:04 pm (GMT +4)
Magnitude: 5.0
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 35.66°N / 48.95°E (Iran)
Nearby towns and cities:
59 km (37 mi) SSW of Abhar (pop: 69,900)
76 km (47 mi) SSW of Alvand (pop: 74,900)
81 km (50 mi) SW of Tākestān (pop: 71,500)
96 km (59 mi) NNE of Bahār (pop: 28,600)
103 km (64 mi) NNE of Āzādshahr (pop: 514,100)
117 km (72 mi) SW of Qazvin (pop: 333,600)
223 km (139 mi) W of Tehran (pop: 7,153,300)
490 km (305 mi) NE of Baghdad (Iraq) (pop: 7,216,000)
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Broken Clouds 17.3°C (63 F), humidity: 28%, wind: 3 m/s (5 kts) from SE
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) 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.
MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 5.010 km76 Km SSW of Alvand, IranGFZ
M 5.110 km4.9 Western IranEMSC
M 5.410 km26 Km of Avaj, Qazvin, IranIRSC
M 5.010 km46 Km SW of Abhar, IranUSGS
M 5.213 km75 Km SSW of Alvand, IranGeoAu
M 5.412 km98 Km NNE of Pasragad Branch, IranBMKG
M 5.010 km46 Km SW of Abhar, IranUSGS

User reports for this quake (93)

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Asadabad / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s : I live in Asadabad, west of Hamadan province, on the second floor of our old and strong house. I felt a little vibration for 3-4 seconds, again a larger vibration for 2 s-3 seconds. | 4 users found this interesting.
Tehran- Shahran (211.8 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : My chandelier and desk was moving slightly.
218.9 km E of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
218.9 km E of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
194.4 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Astane (198.1 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
233.2 km E of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
116.7 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s
Tehran (196.8 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
192 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 1-2 s
Hamedan (121.7 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
Tehran (223.3 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single vertical bump / 5-10 s
192.7 km E of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s (reported through our app)
212.9 km E of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
tehran (222.6 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s
218.9 km E of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
187.9 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
tehran, tajrish / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vertical swinging (up and down) : 5 to 10 seconds
Karaj / Light shaking (MMI IV)
tehran / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Tehran / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
tehran / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Rasht / Light shaking (MMI IV)
SANANDAJ / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / very short
tehran / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single lateral shake / very short
Karaj / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / very short
Lahijan / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
Tehran / Weak shaking (MMI III)
arak / Light shaking (MMI IV)
tehran / Light shaking (MMI IV) / very short
Karaj / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / very short
Zanjan / Weak shaking (MMI III)
rasht / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 2-5 s
tehran / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
kurijan / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / rattling, vibrating
Pādegān-e Manjīl (Iran, 124 km N of epicenter) : حس کردم ضعیف بود (reported through EMSC)
(Iran, 33 km S of epicenter) : خيلي شديد (reported through EMSC)
Tabriz (Iran, 359 km NW of epicenter) : خیلی می ترسم از زلزله (reported through EMSC)
(Iran, 245 km E of epicenter) : لوستر میلرزید (reported through EMSC)
Tehran (Iran, 221 km E of epicenter) : Lasted short for 1 or 2 seconds but strong (reported through EMSC)
Tajrīsh (Iran (Islamic Republic of), 221 km E of epicenter) : خفيف حس شد (reported through EMSC)
Tajrīsh (Iran (Islamic Republic of), 221 km E of epicenter) : Slightly felt (reported through EMSC)
Tajrīsh (Iran (Islamic Republic of), 221 km E of epicenter) : اوشان حس شد (reported through EMSC)
Tajrīsh (Iran (Islamic Republic of), 221 km E of epicenter) : میرداماد ، لرزیدیم (reported through EMSC)
Tajrīsh (Iran (Islamic Republic of), 221 km E of epicenter) : تهران به شکل خفیف احساس شد (reported through EMSC)
Tajrīsh (Iran (Islamic Republic of), 221 km E of epicenter) : لرزیدیم ولی کم (reported through EMSC)
Tehran (Iran, 220 km E of epicenter) : I felt a tiny earthquake in the west of Tehran (reported through EMSC)
Tehran (Iran, 220 km E of epicenter) : ما طبقه ۴ ایم. حدود ۵ ثانیه ای تکون نرم خورد. (reported through EMSC)
Tehran (Iran, 220 km E of epicenter) : West Tehran felt (reported through EMSC)
Tehran (Iran, 220 km E of epicenter) : خفیف در تهران غرب احساس شد (reported through EMSC)
Tehran (Iran, 220 km E of epicenter) : تهران منطقه کارگرشمالی شدید لرزید (reported through EMSC)
Tehran (Iran, 220 km E of epicenter) : تکان ساختمان و چراغها محسوس بود (reported through EMSC)
Tehran (Iran, 220 km E of epicenter) : احساس شد (reported through EMSC)
Tehran (Iran, 220 km E of epicenter) : Nothing (reported through EMSC)
Tehran (Iran, 218 km E of epicenter) : تهران خفیف (reported through EMSC)
Tehran (Iran, 218 km E of epicenter) : زلزله - تهران (reported through EMSC)
Tehran (Iran, 218 km E of epicenter) : Just very smoothly shaking (reported through EMSC)
Eslāmshahr (Iran, 204 km E of epicenter) : یکی از همکاران حس کرد (reported through EMSC)
(Iran, 200 km NE of epicenter) : Wow (reported through EMSC)
Shahr-e Qods (Iran, 192 km E of epicenter) : تهران خفيف احساس شد. (reported through EMSC)
Shahr-e Qods (Iran, 192 km E of epicenter) : زلزله اي خفيف احساس شد (reported through EMSC)
Shahr-e Qods (Iran, 192 km E of epicenter) : تهران احساس شد. تهرانسر (reported through EMSC)
(Iran, 191 km E of epicenter) : رباط کریم ضعیف حس شد (reported through EMSC)
Shahrīār (Iran, 187 km E of epicenter) : اوهو‌ چه لرزید (reported through EMSC)
Rasht (Iran, 185 km N of epicenter) : It was like a very very minor Vertigo. I thought my head was spinning. But when i looked up at the lamp hanging from the ceiling, it was moving a little. (reported through EMSC)
Rasht (Iran, 185 km N of epicenter) : Not heavy (reported through EMSC)
Sanandaj (Iran (Islamic Republic of), 185 km W of epicenter) : I feel in sanandaj (reported through EMSC)
Rasht (Iran, 185 km N of epicenter) : رشت، لوستر تکون میخورد (reported through EMSC)
Rasht (Iran, 185 km N of epicenter) : خفیف بود (reported through EMSC)
Rasht (Iran, 185 km N of epicenter) : اینجا ضعیف بود (reported through EMSC)
Rasht (Iran, 185 km N of epicenter) : یه کوچولو تو رشت حس شد (reported through EMSC)
Rasht (Iran, 185 km N of epicenter) : رشت حس کردیم (reported through EMSC)
Rasht (Iran, 185 km N of epicenter) : Felt in Rasht for about 2 seconds. Tough one! (reported through EMSC)
Karaj (Iran, 183 km E of epicenter) : خیلی خیلی کم (reported through EMSC)
Karaj (Iran, 182 km E of epicenter) : سمت مهرشهر کرج هم قشنگ لرزش رو حس کردم (reported through EMSC)
Karaj (Iran, 182 km E of epicenter) : کرج ظعیف حس شد (reported through EMSC)
Karaj (Iran, 182 km E of epicenter) : زمان کوتاه ولی نسبتا شدید (reported through EMSC)
Karaj (Iran, 182 km E of epicenter) : لرزش لوستر و لوازم کمی احساس شد (reported through EMSC)
Karaj (Iran, 182 km E of epicenter) : کرج سمت گوهردشت . زلزله احساس شد لوستر قشنگ تکون میخورد شدید (reported through EMSC)
Karaj (Iran, 182 km E of epicenter) : Karaj was slightly shaked (reported through EMSC)
Karaj (Iran, 182 km E of epicenter) : خفیف در کرج حس شد (reported through EMSC)
Malārd (Iran (Islamic Republic of), 180 km E of epicenter) : کرج محمد شهر حس شد (reported through EMSC)
Zanjān (Iran, 119 km NW of epicenter) : I felt it, it seems to be a vertical wave (reported through EMSC)
Hamedan (Iran, 107 km SW of epicenter) : It had two parts, a weak one followed by a strong one, each lasted for about 10 seconds or less. (reported through EMSC)
Hamadān (Iran (Islamic Republic of), 107 km SW of epicenter) : حسست بهزه قويه في مدينه همدان الايرانيه (reported through EMSC)
Hamadān (Iran (Islamic Republic of), 107 km SW of epicenter) : Everyone got scared and shaked for about 30 second (reported through EMSC)
Hamadān (Iran (Islamic Republic of), 107 km SW of epicenter) : همدان زلزله را حس كرديم (reported through EMSC)
Hamadān (Iran (Islamic Republic of), 107 km SW of epicenter) : It was terrible! (reported through EMSC)
Hamadān (Iran (Islamic Republic of), 107 km SW of epicenter) : Everyone felt it and got scared (reported through EMSC)
آق بلاغ لتگاه (Iran, 85 km SW of epicenter) : ضعیف بود (reported through EMSC)
(Iran, 84 km S of epicenter) : مولفه قائم زلزله قابل بزرگتر بود (reported through EMSC)
Abhar (Iran (Islamic Republic of), 56 km N of epicenter) : ابهر شدید (reported through EMSC)
Razan (Iran, 33 km S of epicenter) : خیلی شدید بود. دو تا. پشت سر هم اومد. دیوارها بعضاً ترک خورد (reported through EMSC)
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Aftershocks of the 5.0 quake 223 km west of Tehran, Tehrān, Iran, 24 Oct 3:04 pm (GMT +4)

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (7 quakes):
  • 25 Oct 2020 04:45 UTC
    | M 2.7 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    4 km (2 mi) distance
    | IRSC | Details
  • 24 Oct 2020 21:33 UTC
    | M 2.8 |
    9 km (5.6 mi) depth
    |
    3 km (2 mi) distance
    | IRSC | Details
  • 24 Oct 2020 13:41 UTC
    | M 2.5 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    7 km (4 mi) distance
    | IRSC | Details
  • 24 Oct 2020 12:46 UTC
    | M 3.3 |
    8 km (5 mi) depth
    |
    6 km (4 mi) distance
    | IRSC | Details
  • 24 Oct 2020 12:20 UTC
    | M 2.5 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    7 km (4 mi) distance
    | IRSC | Details
  • 24 Oct 2020 12:07 UTC
    | M 2.7 |
    10 km (6.2 mi) depth
    |
    7 km (4 mi) distance
    | IRSC | Details
  • 24 Oct 2020 11:54 UTC
    | M 3.0 |
    8 km (5 mi) depth
    |
    7 km (4 mi) distance
    | IRSC | Details

Earlier earthquakes in the same area since 1900

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - 223 km west of Tehran, Tehrān, Iran, on 24 Oct 3:04 pm (GMT +4)
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  • Date / time UTC
    | Mag |
    Depth
    |
    Age
    |
    Distance
    | Details
  • 26 Dec 1939 23:57
    | 7.8 |
    20km / 12.4mi
    |
    81 years ago
    |
    942km / 585mi
    | Eastern Turkey
  • 20 Jun 1990 21:00
    | 7.4 |
    18.5km / 11.5mi
    |
    30 years ago
    |
    150km / 93mi
    | Northern Iran
  • 16 Sep 1978 15:35
    | 7.4 |
    33km / 21mi
    |
    42 years ago
    |
    817km / 508mi
    | Eastern Iran
  • 24 Nov 1976 12:22
    | 7.3 |
    36km / 22mi
    |
    44 years ago
    |
    581km / 361mi
    | Turkey-Iran Border Region
  • 05 Oct 1948 20:12
    | 7.3 |
    15km / 9.3mi
    |
    72 years ago
    |
    880km / 547mi
    | Turkmenistan
  • 23 Jan 1909 02:48
    | 7.3 |
    15km / 9.3mi
    |
    112 years ago
    |
    206km / 128mi
    | Central Iran
  • 12 Nov 2017 18:18
    | 7.2 |
    34km / 21mi
    |
    3 years ago
    |
    291km / 181mi
    | Iran-Iraq Border Region
  • 01 May 1929 15:37
    | 7.2 |
    10km / 6.2mi
    |
    92 years ago
    |
    828km / 514mi
    | Turkmenistan
  • 23 Oct 2011 10:41
    | 7.1 |
    18km / 11.2mi
    |
    9 years ago
    |
    590km / 367mi
    | Eastern Turkey
  • 31 Aug 1968 10:47
    | 7.1 |
    10km / 6.2mi
    |
    52 years ago
    |
    939km / 583mi
    | Northeastern Iran
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