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)
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.
Download the Volcanoes & Earthquakes app
and get one of the fastest seismic alerts online: Android