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Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - 82 km northwest of Murghab, Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan, on Friday, Mar 17, 2023 at 6:59 am (GMT +5) -

This quake was likely an aftershock of the 6.8 quake 67 km west of Murghab, Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan, Feb 23, 2023 5:37 am (GMT +5), which had occurred 3 weeks earlier.
Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - 82 km northwest of Murghab, Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan, on Friday, Mar 17, 2023 at 6:59 am (GMT +5) Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - 82 km northwest of Murghab, Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan, on Friday, Mar 17, 2023 at 6:59 am (GMT +5)

Moderate magnitude 4.5 earthquake at 10 km depth

17 Mar 02:07 UTC: First to report: NCS after 8 minutes.
17 Mar 02:54: Now using data updates from USGS

Earthquake details

Date & timeMar 17, 2023 01:59:45 UTC -
Local time at epicenterFriday, Mar 17, 2023 at 6:59 am (GMT +5)
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude38.5468°N / 73.1539°E (Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan)
Antipode38.547°S / 106.846°W
Shaking intensityModerate shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearby towns and cities82 km (51 mi) WNW of Murghab (pop: 10,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
183 km (114 mi) NE of Khorugh (pop: 30,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
222 km (138 mi) S of Osh (Kyrgyzstan) (pop: 200,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
236 km (147 mi) SSE of Fergana (Uzbekistan) (pop: 164,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
244 km (152 mi) NNE of Ishqoshim (Ishkoshim) (pop: 26,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
280 km (174 mi) SE of Isfara (Sughd) (pop: 274,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
381 km (236 mi) E of Duschanbe (Dushanbe) (pop: 679,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeClear Sky -15.1°C (5 F), humidity: 76%, wind: 1 m/s (3 kts) from SSW
Estimated seismic energy released3.5 x 1011 joules (98.6 megawatt hours, equivalent to 84.8 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.
4.510 kmTajikistan: 247km ENE of Fayzabad, AfghanistanUSGS
4.910 km82 Km WNW of Murghob, TajikistanNCS
4.510 kmTajikistan-Xinjiang Border RegionRaspberryShake
4.510 kmTajikistan-Xinjiang Border Reg.IRIS


Seismic station: Batken, Kyrgyzstan (BTK/KR network) | Distance from quake: 262 km / 163 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Batken, Kyrgyzstan: 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: 0.2-10.0 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.
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