Light mag. 4.9 earthquake - Tagāb, Badakhshan, 99 km east of Khanabad, Khan Abad, Kunduz, Afghanistan, on 28 May 11:54 am (GMT +4:30) -

Light mag. 4.9 earthquake - Tagāb, Badakhshan, 99 km east of Khanabad, Khan Abad, Kunduz, Afghanistan, on 28 May 11:54 am (GMT +4:30)

Light magnitude 4.9 earthquake at 210 km depth

28 May 07:32 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
28 May 07:33: Epicenter location corrected by 11 km (7.1 mi) towards NW.
28 May 12:32: Magnitude recalculated from 5.2 to 4.9. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 210.0 km (from 6.2 to 130 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 132 km (82 mi) towards ESE.
Update Fri, 28 May 2021, 07:36
Significant 5.2 quake hits near Kunduz, Afghanistan
5.2 quake 28 May 11:54 am (GMT +4:30)
5.2 quake 28 May 11:54 am (GMT +4:30)
A magnitude 5.2 earthquake near Kunduz, Afghanistan, was reported only 12 minutes ago by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter in the morning on Friday 28 May 2021 at 11:24 am local time. 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.
A second report was later issued by France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS), which listed it as a magnitude 5.3 earthquake. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 5.1.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Imām Şāḩib (pop. 9,700) located 19 km from the epicenter, Qarāwul (pop. 24,500) 23 km away, Dasht-e Archī (pop. 8,300) 29 km away, Kunduz (pop. 161,900) 34 km away, and Khanabad (pop. 71,500) 44 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Ārt Khwājah (pop. 18,600) located 54 km from the epicenter, and Rustāq (pop. 25,600) 86 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 28 May 2021 07:24:16 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: 28 May 11:54 am (GMT +4:30)
Magnitude: 4.9
Depth: 210.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 36.53°N / 70.21°E (Tagāb, Badakhshan, Afghanistan)
Nearby towns and cities:
32 km (20 mi) E of Farkhār (Farkhar, Takhar) (pop: 10,500) --> See nearby quakes!
67 km (42 mi) SW of Jurm (pop: 12,100) --> See nearby quakes!
73 km (45 mi) SSW of Faizabad (pop: 44,400) --> See nearby quakes!
74 km (46 mi) SSE of Rustāq (Rustaq, Takhar) (pop: 25,600) --> See nearby quakes!
90 km (56 mi) SE of Ārt Khwājah (Khwaja Ghar, Takhar) (pop: 18,600) --> See nearby quakes!
99 km (62 mi) E of Khanabad (Kunduz) (pop: 71,500) --> See nearby quakes!
123 km (76 mi) E of Kunduz (pop: 161,900) --> See nearby quakes!
242 km (150 mi) NNE of Kabul (pop: 3,043,500) --> See nearby quakes!
256 km (159 mi) SSE of Dushanbe (Tajikistan) (pop: 679,400) --> See nearby quakes!
277 km (172 mi) E of Mazari Sharif (Balkh) (pop: 303,300) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Broken Clouds 35.7°C (96 F), humidity: 13%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from NNW
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 1.4 x 1012 joules (392 megawatt hours, equivalent to 338 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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
4.9210 kmHindu Kush Region, AfghanistanGFZ
5.0207 kmHINDU KUSH REGION, AFGHANISTANEMSC
5.2203 kmAfghanistan: Near KondozRENASS
5.0203 kmHindu Kush Region, AfghanistanUSGS
5.5323 kmAfghanistan: PakistanBMKG
5.330 kmTajikistanNCS
5.0203 kmHindu Kush Region, AfghanistanGeoAu
4.6239 kmAFGHANISTAN-TAJIKISTAN BORDER REGIONKNDC

User reports for this quake (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Bagram / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 30-60 s
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