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Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Tajikistan-Xinjiang Border Region on 30 Jul 4:09 am (GMT +5)

Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Tajikistan-Xinjiang Border Region on 30 Jul 4:09 am (GMT +5) Moderate mag. 5.0 earthquake - Tajikistan-Xinjiang Border Region on 30 Jul 4:09 am (GMT +5)

Moderate magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 83 km depth

29 Jul 23:17 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.
Update Thu, 29 Jul 2021, 23:21

Significant 5.0 quake hits near Murghab, Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan

5.0 quake Tajikistan-Xinjiang Border Region 30 Jul 4:09 am (GMT +5)
5.0 quake Tajikistan-Xinjiang Border Region 30 Jul 4:09 am (GMT +5)
An intermediate magnitude 5.0 earthquake was reported early morning near Murghab, Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan.
According to the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), the quake hit on Friday 30 July 2021 at 4:09 am local time at an intermediate depth of 83 km. 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 5.0 as well.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Murghab (pop. 10,800) located 101 km from the epicenter.
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 & timeJul 29, 2021 23:09:14 UTC
Local time at epicenter30 Jul 4:09 am (GMT +5)
Depth83.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude38.71°N / 73.04°E (Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan)
Antipode38.71°S / 106.96°W
Shaking intensityWeak shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceGFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Nearby towns and cities101 km (63 mi) NW of Murghab (pop: 10,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
203 km (126 mi) S of Osh (Kyrgyzstan) (pop: 200,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
215 km (134 mi) SSE of Fergana (Uzbekistan) (pop: 164,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
226 km (141 mi) SSE of Margilan (Fergana, Uzbekistan) (pop: 133,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
254 km (158 mi) NNE of Ishqoshim (Ishkoshim) (pop: 26,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
261 km (162 mi) SE of Isfara (Sughd) (pop: 37,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
285 km (177 mi) SE of Konibodom (Sughd) (pop: 50,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
298 km (185 mi) ENE of Kŭlob (Khatlon) (pop: 78,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
341 km (212 mi) ESE of Khujand (Согдийская область) (pop: 144,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
371 km (230 mi) E of Duschanbe (Dushanbe) (pop: 679,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 2.5°C (37 F), humidity: 65%, wind: 1 m/s (2 kts) from NW
Estimated seismic energy released2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 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.
5.083 kmTajikistan-Xinjiang Border RegionGFZ
5.010 kmTajikistan: Near AndijonRENASS
5.2115 kmTajikistanNCS
5.096 km98 Km NW of Murghob, TajikistanUSGS
5.086 kmTajikistan-Xinjiang Border RegionGeoAu
4.941 kmKyrgyzstan: TajikistanBMKG


Seismic station: Kabul, Afghanistan (KBL/IU network) | Distance from quake: 585 km / 363 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Kabul, Afghanistan: 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. Bandpass filter applied: 0.02-5.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
There are no user reports for this quake.


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quake)

Date and timeMag
Aug 17, 2021 19:42
1 year 25 weeks ago

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