Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - 28 km northeast of Khorugh, Nohijai Şuƣnon, Vilojati Muxtori Kūhistoni Badaxşon, Tajikistan, on Thursday, 29 Oct 2.32 pm (GMT +5) -

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake  - 28 km northeast of Khorugh, Nohijai Şuƣnon, Vilojati Muxtori Kūhistoni Badaxşon, Tajikistan, on Thursday, 29 Oct 2.32 pm (GMT +5)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 53 km depth

29 Oct 09:40 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
29 Oct 09:41: Magnitude recalculated from 5.2 to 5.0. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 56.0 to 10.0 km (from 35 to 6.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 10.9 km (6.8 mi) towards SSW.
29 Oct 19:00: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 53.0 km (from 6.2 to 33 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 9.4 km (5.8 mi) towards NE.
Update Thu, 29 Oct 2020, 09:56
Significant magnitude 5.0 quake hits 180 km southeast of Kŭlob, Tajikistan, early afternoon
5.0 quake: Afghanistan-Tajikistan Border Region, 29 Oct 2020 09:32
5.0 quake: Afghanistan-Tajikistan Border Region, 29 Oct 2020 09:32
Just 24 minutes ago, a 5.0-magnitude earthquake struck near the town of Khorugh, Tajikistan. The tremor was recorded early afternoon on Thursday 29 October 2020 at 2.32 pm local time, at a shallow depth of 10 km below the surface.
The event was filed by the German Research Centre for Geosciences in Potsdam (GFZ), the first seismological agency to report it.
A second report was later issued by Geoscience Australia (GeoAu) agency, which listed it as a magnitude 5.1 earthquake. Other agencies reporting the same quake include United States Geological Survey (USGS) at magnitude 4.9, and European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 4.9.
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 should have been widely felt by almost everyone in the area of the epicenter. It might have caused light to moderate damage.
Towns or cities near the epicenter that are likely to be affected include Khorugh (pop. 30,000) at a distance of 20 km with light shaking, Khandūd (pop. 5,500) at a distance of 81 km with weak shaking, Fayzabad (pop. 44,400) at a distance of 115 km with weak shaking, and Kŭlob (pop. 78,800) at a distance of 180 km with weak shaking.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 29 Oct 2020 09:32:44 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Thursday, 29 Oct 2.32 pm (GMT +5)
Magnitude: 5.0
Depth: 53.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 37.61°N / 71.83°E (Tajikistan)
Nearby towns and cities:
28 km (17 mi) ENE of Khorugh (Nohijai Şuƣnon) (pop: 30,000)
85 km (53 mi) NNW of Khandūd (Afghanistan) (pop: 5,520)
100 km (62 mi) N of Ishqoshim (Ishkoshim) (pop: 26,000)
123 km (77 mi) ENE of Fayzabad (Afghanistan) (pop: 44,400)
183 km (114 mi) E of Kŭlob (pop: 78,800)
286 km (178 mi) ESE of Dushanbe (pop: 679,400)
418 km (260 mi) NE of Kabul (Afghanistan) (pop: 3,043,500)
464 km (289 mi) SSE of Tashkent (Uzbekistan) (pop: 1,978,000)
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Few Clouds 1.6°C (35 F), humidity: 63%, wind: 1 m/s (3 kts) from NNW
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) [learn more]
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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 5.053 kmAfghanistan-Tajikistan Border RegionGFZ
M 5.166 km5.1 TajikistanEMSC
M 4.951 km24 Km NE of Khorugh, TajikistanUSGS
M 5.160 kmAfghanistan-Tajikistan Border RegionGeoAu
M 4.951 km24 Km NE of Khorugh, TajikistanUSGS
M 4.951 km24 Km NE of Khorugh, TajikistanUSGS

User reports for this quake (3)

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Manem (16.3 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s
duhsanbe, tajikistan / Weak shaking (MMI III) / simple rolling (tilting sideways along one direction) / very short
Khorog / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : Comparatively very strong shaking.
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Aftershocks of the 5.0 quake 28 km northeast of Khorugh, Nohijai Şuƣnon, Vilojati Muxtori Kūhistoni Badaxşon, Tajikistan, 29 Oct 2.32 pm (GMT +5)

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Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - 28 km northeast of Khorugh, Nohijai Şuƣnon, Vilojati Muxtori Kūhistoni Badaxşon, Tajikistan, on Thursday, 29 Oct 2.32 pm (GMT +5)

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