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Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - 63 km southeast of Gilgit, Pakistan, on Monday, Dec 27, 2021 at 6:31 pm (GMT +5) -

Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - 63 km southeast of Gilgit, Pakistan, on Monday, Dec 27, 2021 at 6:31 pm (GMT +5) Moderate mag. 5.2 earthquake - 63 km southeast of Gilgit, Pakistan, on Monday, Dec 27, 2021 at 6:31 pm (GMT +5)

Moderate magnitude 5.2 earthquake at 46 km depth

27 Dec 13:36 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 6 minutes.
27 Dec 13:39: Now using data updates from GFZ
27 Dec 13:49: Now using data updates from USGS
27 Dec 15:06: Hypocenter depth recalculated from 47.5 to 45.9 km (from 30 to 29 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1.6 km (1 mi) towards SSE.
Update Mon, 27 Dec 2021, 13:45
Magnitude 5.3 earthquake strikes near Gilgit, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan
5.3 quake 27 Dec 6:31 pm (GMT +5)
5.3 quake 27 Dec 6:31 pm (GMT +5)
A magnitude 5.3 earthquake near Gilgit, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan, was reported only 14 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 early evening on Monday, December 27th, 2021, at 6:31 pm 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 5.4 earthquake. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 5.0.
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 Skardu (pop. 2,100) located 53 km from the epicenter, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Gilgit (pop. 10,400) located 92 km from the epicenter, and Sopur (pop. 63,000) 129 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 data

Earthquake details

Date & timeDec 27, 2021 13:31:09 UTC -
Local time at epicenterMonday, Dec 27, 2021 at 6:31 pm (GMT +5)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.2
Depth45.9 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude35.5458°N / 74.8382°E (Astor, Gilgit-Baltistan, Pakistan)
Antipode35.546°S / 105.162°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt34 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearby towns and cities63 km (39 mi) SE of Gilgit (pop: 10,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
77 km (48 mi) WNW of Skardu (pop: 2,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
87 km (54 mi) S of Barishal (pop: 2,010) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
162 km (101 mi) N of Srinagar (Jammu and Kashmir, India) (pop: 975,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
164 km (102 mi) N of Soyībug (Jammu and Kashmir, India) (pop: 104,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
181 km (112 mi) NE of Muzaffarabad (Azad Kashmir) (pop: 725,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
191 km (119 mi) ENE of Battagram (Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) (pop: 700,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
261 km (162 mi) NE of Islamabad (pop: 601,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
272 km (169 mi) NE of Rawalpindi (Punjab) (pop: 1,743,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
382 km (237 mi) N of Gujranwala (Punjab) (pop: 1,384,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeLight Snow -16.8°C (2 F), humidity: 84%, wind: 3 m/s (5 kts) from SSE
Estimated seismic energy released4 x 1012 joules (1.11 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 951 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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.246 km63 Km SE of Gilgit, PakistanUSGS
5.249 kmPakistan: NORTHWESTERN KASHMIREMSC
5.246 kmPakistan: Eastern KashmirRaspberryShake
5.310 kmPakistan: Near RawalpindiRENASS
5.112 km61 Km SE of Gilgit, PakistanGFZ
5.040 kmPakistan: LadakhNCS
5.330 kmPakistan: Northwestern KashmirGeoAu
5.50 kmPakistan: Hindu Kush And Pamir AreaKNDC

User reports for this quake (40)

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Danyore Gilgit (59 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I felt a jolt at 6:32 which lasted just for 4 to 5 seconds. Intensity of shock was powerfull. Heard the clear sound of doors, walls and roof shaking. With in 10 minutes of first shock i felt the second shock of almost same intensity and duration. | 3 users found this interesting.  
Skardu / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : I was in the basement floor of my house, it was a vibration, like a mobile phone on a vibration mode, as I remember it was not more then 2 seconds, a friend of mine told me that he was on 3rd floor of a building, he felt that the hanging photo were were m | 3 users found this interesting.  
Islamabad, Pakistan (244.2 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : I was travelling b/w Islamabad and Peshawar when I received a call from my younger brother who was in Gilgit.  
Gilgit, tallu broq (19.8 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) / complex motion difficult to describe / 5-10 s : The first quack shakes were very alarming. We got alert.the 2nd one came, and damaged our four bed rooms and two wash rooms probably the magnitude of 2nd was high as to first. We got out of the house very quickly and successfully saved our lives. The proc  
Chilas (68.2 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Severe earthquake shock like its epicenter was very near to earth. Or like epicenter was near my location  
near Barishal, Hunza-Nagar District, Gilgit-Baltistan (102.2 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Was sitting in my home and felt the jolts twice, the first one was stronger than the second one | One user found this interesting.  
Basin,Gilgit (66.7 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe / 5-10 s : I am very scared and my my bodybis vibrating | One user found this interesting.  
Gilgit Pakistan (60.4 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was using my phone in the kitchen suddenly it shaked the whole place | One user found this interesting.  
Gilgit baltistan (60.9 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Sudden shaking 2 times interval of 10 mins | One user found this interesting.  
Gilgit baltistan (60.9 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Sudden shaking 2 times interval of 10 mins | One user found this interesting.  
GILGIT (62.5 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Shaking and ratteling of hanging objects over roof. | One user found this interesting.  
Juglot / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : It's very difficult | One user found this interesting.  
Skardu / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 minutes : Walls cracked | One user found this interesting.  
Rahimabad near gilgit city / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / vibration and rolling / 1-2 s : Moderate shaking | One user found this interesting.  
Tilting / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : A shake in the tectonic plates both vertical and horizontal | One user found this interesting.  
Chilas (67.8 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Heavy shaking. I think epicenter was near earth or near my location.  
Islamabad (270.2 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : Feel nothing  
Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir (169 km S of epicenter) [Map] / not felt
Jutial (58.8 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / very short
Almaty (874.3 km N of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : Алматы не почувствовали (reported through our app)  
Gilgit (59.7 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
Gilgit (59.3 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir (156.9 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
Gilgit (60 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s : It was a quick one wave earthquake  
Islamabad (259.1 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Islamabad  
Srinagar (156.3 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s
Gilgit (48.9 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) / 20-30 s
Skardu, Skārdu District, Gilgit-Baltistan (77.1 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s (reported through our app)
Astore / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / complex motion difficult to describe
Baramulla jammu and kashmir / not felt
Gilgit / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (4 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Feb 22, 2022 03:05
19 weeks ago
4.4

10 km
73 km SE of Gilgit, PakistanMore
Dec 30, 2021 12:24
26 weeks ago
4.0

60 km
Gilgit-Baltistan, 274 km NE of Islamabad, PakistanMore
Dec 27, 2021 19:40
27 weeks ago - felt
4.4

40 km
67 km SE of Gilgit, PakistanMore
Dec 27, 2021 13:37
27 weeks ago - felt
4.7

46 km
71 km SE of Gilgit, PakistanMore

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