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

Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - 30 km west of Baharly, Bäherden, Provincia de Ahal, Turkmenistan, on Sunday, Mar 14, 2021 at 9:54 pm (GMT +5) Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - 30 km west of Baharly, Bäherden, Provincia de Ahal, Turkmenistan, on Sunday, Mar 14, 2021 at 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.
VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. If you're in the area, please send us your experience through our reporting mechanism, either online or via our mobile app. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeMar 14, 2021 16:54:22 UTC
Local time at epicenterSunday, Mar 14, 2021 at 9:54 pm (GMT +5)
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude38.36°N / 57.1°E (Provincia de Ahal, Turkmenistan)
Antipode38.36°S / 122.9°W
Shaking intensityStrong shaking
Felt1 report
Primary data sourceGFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Nearby towns and cities30 km (19 mi) WSW of Baharly (Bäherden) (pop: 23,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
99 km (62 mi) SE of Kizil-Arvat (Balkan) (pop: 12,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
100 km (62 mi) NNW of Bojnourd (North Khorasan, Iran) (pop: 192,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
102 km (63 mi) WNW of Abadan (pop: 39,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
121 km (75 mi) WNW of Ashkhabad (Ashgabat) (pop: 727,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
130 km (80 mi) NW of Shīrvān (North Khorasan, Iran) (pop: 82,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
135 km (84 mi) WNW of Änew (pop: 27,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
135 km (84 mi) WNW of Annau (pop: 27,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
269 km (167 mi) ESE of Balkanabat (pop: 87,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds -2.2°C (28 F), humidity: 68%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from SE
Estimated seismic energy released3.5 x 1011 joules (98.6 megawatt hours, equivalent to 84.8 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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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


Seismic station: Garni, Armenia (GNI/IU network) | Distance from quake: 1082 km / 672 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Garni, Armenia: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (1)

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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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