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Strong mag. 5.1 earthquake - 43 km northeast of Gorgan, Golestan, Iran, on Wednesday, Mar 22, 2023 at 2:08 pm (GMT +3:30) -

Strong mag. 5.1 earthquake - 43 km northeast of Gorgan, Golestan, Iran, on Wednesday, Mar 22, 2023 at 2:08 pm (GMT +3:30) Strong mag. 5.1 earthquake - 43 km northeast of Gorgan, Golestan, Iran, on Wednesday, Mar 22, 2023 at 2:08 pm (GMT +3:30)

Strong magnitude 5.1 earthquake at 10 km depth

22 Mar 10:47 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 9 minutes.
22 Mar 10:49: Now using data updates from GFZ
22 Mar 10:56: Now using data updates from USGS
Update Wed, 22 Mar 2023, 11:06

Significant magnitude 5.1 earthquake 43 km northeast of Gorgan, Iran

5.1 quake 22 Mar 2:08 pm (GMT +3:30)
5.1 quake 22 Mar 2:08 pm (GMT +3:30)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.1 occurred around noon on Wednesday, March 22nd, 2023, at 1:38 pm local time near Gorgan, Golestan, Iran, as reported by the United States Geological Survey.
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 the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.1 as well. Other agencies reporting the same quake include The Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS) at magnitude 5.1, the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) at magnitude 4.8, and the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake at magnitude 5.1.
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 Āq Qāyeh (pop. 5,100) located 42 km from the epicenter, Gonbad-e Kāvūs (pop. 131,400) 42 km away, Āzādshahr (pop. 47,600) 42 km away, and Gorgan (pop. 244,900) 43 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Kalāleh (pop. 33,700) located 73 km from the epicenter, Shahrud (pop. 131,900) 87 km away, and Behshahr (pop. 93,500) 115 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 & timeMar 22, 2023 10:38:47 UTC -
Local time at epicenterWednesday, Mar 22, 2023 at 2:08 pm (GMT +3:30)
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude37.167°N / 54.7079°E (Golestan, Iran)
Antipode37.167°S / 125.292°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt11 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearby towns and cities42 km (26 mi) WSW of Āq Qāyeh (Gonbad Kavus) (pop: 5,110) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
42 km (26 mi) WSW of Gonbad-e Kāvūs (pop: 131,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
42 km (26 mi) WNW of Āzādshahr (pop: 47,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
43 km (27 mi) NNE of Gorgan (Golestān) (pop: 244,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
87 km (54 mi) NNW of Shahrud (Semnan) (pop: 131,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
336 km (208 mi) WSW of Ashgabat (Turkmenistan) (pop: 727,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
337 km (209 mi) ENE of Tehran (pop: 7,153,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
364 km (226 mi) ENE of Karadj (Alborz Province) (pop: 1,448,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeModerate Rain 10.2°C (50 F), humidity: 87%, wind: 5 m/s (10 kts) from SW
Estimated seismic energy released2.8 x 1012 joules (783 megawatt hours, equivalent to 674 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.
5.110 kmTurkmenistan-Iran Border RegionUSGS
5.110 kmTurkmenistan-Iran Border RegionRaspberryShake
5.010 kmNorthern And Central IranGFZ
5.110 kmTurkmenistan-Iran Border RegionIRIS
5.110 kmTurkmenistan: Near SariRENASS
4.935 kmTurkmenistan-Iran Border RegionGeoAu

User reports for this quake (12)

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Aq qala, Khazaneh (27.9 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I was watching tv with my mom then 2 or 3 shaking happened and we all ran to street and saw neighbors | 2 users found this interesting.  
Gonbad-e Kāvūs, Golestan (40.7 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : Gonbad light shaking | 2 users found this interesting.  
Shahrood, semnan providence, Iran (85.3 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : My TV shaked. Flowers on the desk fall down on the floor | 2 users found this interesting.  
behshahr (117 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : short but moderate quake felt in behshahr | 2 users found this interesting.  
Bandar-e turkman (65.3 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 2-5 s : I was sitting in the toilet and i felt i vas the ground was going up and down | 2 users found this interesting.  
Хаджамбаз (912.3 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Во время ужина мы почувствовали землятресения достаточно ощутимо  
48 km of Āq Qāyeh, Golestan (29.1 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : زمین لرزه | One user found this interesting. (reported through our app)  
Gerbamont (4036.6 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Ashgabat / not felt (reported through our app)
Gorgan / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s
Neka / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s (reported through our app)
Shahrud / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging


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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (2 quakes)

Date and timeMag
May 15, 2023 04:38
2 weeks ago

11 km
34 km NE of Gorgan, Golestan, IranMore
May 13, 2023 07:01
2 weeks ago

15 km
41 km N of Gorgan, Golestan, IranMore

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