Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - 30 km west of Baharly, Bäherden, Ahal, Turkmenistan, on Sunday, 14 Mar 2021 9:54 pm (GMT +5) -

Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - 30 km west of Baharly, Bäherden, Ahal, Turkmenistan, on Sunday, 14 Mar 2021 9:54 pm (GMT +5)

Moderate magnitude 4.5 earthquake at 10 km depth

14 Mar 17:01 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
Update Sun, 14 Mar 2021, 17:09
Moderate earthquake of magnitude 4.5 just reported 30 km southwest of Baharly, Turkmenistan
4.5 quake 14 Mar 9:54 pm (GMT +5)
4.5 quake 14 Mar 9:54 pm (GMT +5)
A shallow magnitude 4.5 earthquake was reported in the evening near Baharly, Bäherden, Ahal, Turkmenistan.
According to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the quake hit on Sunday 14 March 2021 at 9:54 pm local time at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.5 as well.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Baharly (pop. 23,000) located 30 km from the epicenter.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Kizil-Arvat (pop. 12,000) located 99 km from the epicenter, Bojnourd (pop. 192,000) 100 km away, and Abadan (pop. 39,500) 102 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 14 Mar 2021 16:54:22 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Sunday, 14 Mar 2021 9:54 pm (GMT +5)
Magnitude: 4.5
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 38.36°N / 57.1°E (Ahal, Turkmenistan)
Nearby towns and cities:
30 km (19 mi) WSW of Baharly (Bäherden) (pop: 23,000) --> See nearby quakes!
99 km (62 mi) SE of Kizil-Arvat (Balkan) (pop: 12,000) --> See nearby quakes!
100 km (62 mi) NNW of Bojnourd (North Khorasan, Iran) (pop: 192,000) --> See nearby quakes!
102 km (63 mi) WNW of Abadan (pop: 39,500) --> See nearby quakes!
121 km (75 mi) WNW of Achgabat (Ashgabat) (pop: 727,700) --> See nearby quakes!
130 km (80 mi) NW of Shīrvān (North Khorasan, Iran) (pop: 82,800) --> See nearby quakes!
135 km (84 mi) WNW of Änew (pop: 27,500) --> See nearby quakes!
135 km (84 mi) WNW of Änew (pop: 27,500) --> See nearby quakes!
135 km (84 mi) WNW of Annau (pop: 27,500) --> See nearby quakes!
457 km (284 mi) SSW of Daşoguz (pop: 166,500) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Overcast Clouds -2.2°C (28 F), humidity: 68%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from SE
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1011 joules (98.6 megawatt hours, equivalent to 84.8 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.
4.510 kmTurkmenistan-Iran Border RegionGFZ
4.59 km22 Km of Yeke Soud, North Khorasan, IranIRSC
4.4134 kmWestern Asia, TurkmenistanKNDC
4.510 km40 Km W of Baharly, TurkmenistanUSGS

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Walmart (11168.4 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s : Was helping a customer and all of a sudden the whole store jilted so hard. It felt like zero gravity for 2 secs. (reported through our app)  
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