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Moderate mag. 4.2 earthquake - Iraq, 16 km west of Marivan, Kurdistan Province, Iran, on Friday, Aug 12, 2022 at 1:24 pm (GMT +4:30) -

Moderate mag. 4.2 earthquake - Iraq, 16 km west of Marivan, Kurdistan Province, Iran, on Friday, Aug 12, 2022 at 1:24 pm (GMT +4:30) Moderate mag. 4.2 earthquake - Iraq, 16 km west of Marivan, Kurdistan Province, Iran, on Friday, Aug 12, 2022 at 1:24 pm (GMT +4:30)

Moderate magnitude 4.2 earthquake at 10 km depth

12 Aug 09:08 UTC: First to report: USGS after 14 minutes.
Update Fri, 12 Aug 2022, 09:18

Moderate magnitude 4.2 earthquake 14 km southeast of Penjwin, Iraq

4.2 quake 12 Aug 1:24 pm (GMT +4:30)
4.2 quake 12 Aug 1:24 pm (GMT +4:30)
The United States Geological Survey reported a magnitude 4.2 quake in Iraq near Penjwin, Penjwin District, Sulaymaniyah, only 23 minutes ago. The earthquake hit around noon on Friday, August 12th, 2022, at 12:54 pm local time at a shallow depth of 10 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.
A second report was later issued by the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake, which listed it as a magnitude 4.2 earthquake as well. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 4.2.
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 Penjwin (pop. 27,100) located 14 km from the epicenter, Marivan (pop. 91,700) 16 km away, and Halabja (pop. 57,300) 36 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Bani (pop. 104,800) located 56 km from the epicenter, Paveh (pop. 17,800) 60 km away, Saqqez (pop. 151,200) 86 km away, Sanandaj (pop. 349,200) 92 km away, and Sanandaj (pop. 349,200) 92 km away.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeAug 12, 2022 08:54:49 UTC -
Local time at epicenterFriday, Aug 12, 2022 at 1:24 pm (GMT +4:30)
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude35.5031°N / 46.006°E (Kurdistan Province, Iraq)
Antipode35.503°S / 133.994°W
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt1 report
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearby towns and cities14 km (9 mi) SSE of Penjwin (Sulaymaniyah) (pop: 27,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
16 km (10 mi) W of Marivan (Kordestān, Iran) (pop: 91,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
36 km (23 mi) N of Halabja (Sulaymaniyah) (pop: 57,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
56 km (35 mi) SSE of Bani (Kordestān, Iran) (pop: 104,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
60 km (37 mi) NNW of Paveh (Kermānshāh, Iran) (pop: 17,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
92 km (57 mi) WNW of Sanandaj (Kordestān, Iran) (pop: 349,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
276 km (172 mi) ESE of Mossul (Nīnawá) (pop: 1,739,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
282 km (175 mi) NNE of Baghdad (pop: 7,216,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeClear Sky 38°C (100 F), humidity: 10%, wind: 4 m/s (8 kts) from SW
Estimated seismic energy released1.3 x 1011 joules (35 megawatt hours, equivalent to 30.1 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.
4.210 kmIran: 14 Km SSE of Baynjiwayn, IraqUSGS
3.79 km28 Km of Saqlawah, IraqIRSC
4.210 kmIran-Iraq Border RegionRaspberryShake


Seismic station: Garni, Armenia (GNI/IU network) | Distance from quake: 528 km / 328 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)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
D (1.3 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / very short

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