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Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - 111 km northwest of Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan, Iran, on Tuesday, Feb 21, 2023 at 9:35 am (GMT +3:30) -

Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - 111 km northwest of Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan, Iran, on Tuesday, Feb 21, 2023 at 9:35 am (GMT +3:30) Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - 111 km northwest of Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan, Iran, on Tuesday, Feb 21, 2023 at 9:35 am (GMT +3:30)

Strong magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 21 km depth

21 Feb 06:13 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
21 Feb 06:14: Epicenter location corrected by 3 km (1.8 mi) towards NW.
21 Feb 06:25: Now using data updates from USGS
Update Tue, 21 Feb 2023, 06:24

Significant 5.0 quake hits near Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan, Iran

5.0 quake 21 Feb 9:35 am (GMT +3:30)
5.0 quake 21 Feb 9:35 am (GMT +3:30)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 occurred in the morning on Tuesday, February 21st, 2023, at 9:05 am local time near Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan, Iran, as reported by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ).
According to preliminary data, the quake was located 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 France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.2. Other agencies reporting the same quake include the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake at magnitude 5.0, and the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 5.3.
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 Chalow Gohreh (pop. 280) located 74 km from the epicenter, Bandar Abbas (pop. 352,200) 114 km away, and Gerāsh (pop. 25,300) 116 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 details

Date & timeFeb 21, 2023 06:05:36 UTC -
Local time at epicenterTuesday, Feb 21, 2023 at 9:35 am (GMT +3:30)
Depth21.3 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude27.7648°N / 55.3612°E (Hormozgan, Iran)
Antipode27.765°S / 124.639°W
Shaking intensityModerate shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearby towns and cities69 km (43 mi) W of Chalow Gohreh (pop: 280) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
111 km (69 mi) NW of Bandar Abbas (pop: 352,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
136 km (84 mi) SE of Dārāb (Fars) (pop: 63,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
184 km (115 mi) WNW of Mīnāb (pop: 70,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
344 km (214 mi) SE of Shiraz (Fars) (pop: 1,249,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
381 km (237 mi) NNE of Abu Dhabi (United Arab Emirates) (pop: 603,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
470 km (292 mi) NE of Doha (Baladīyat ad Dawḩah, Qatar) (pop: 344,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
957 km (595 mi) SSE of Tehran (pop: 7,153,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeFew Clouds 15°C (59 F), humidity: 27%, wind: 1 m/s (2 kts) from SW
Estimated seismic energy released5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 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.
5.321 km111 Km NW of Bandar Abbas, IranUSGS
5.310 kmSouthern IranRaspberryShake
5.310 kmIran: Near ShirazRENASS
5.310 kmSouthern IranGFZ
5.020 kmIran: 伊朗CEIC
5.210 kmSouthern IranGeoAu

User reports for this quake (4)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Ras Al Khaimah (232 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt
Abu Dhabi (382.3 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Dibba / not felt (reported through our app)
Dubai, UAE / not felt (reported through our app)


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Feb 28, 2023 15:58
13 weeks ago

10 km
Fars, 118 km NW of Bandar Abbas, Hormozgan, IranMore
Feb 22, 2023 01:11
14 weeks ago

10 km
130 km SE of Dārāb, Fars, IranMore

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