Very strong earthquake has hit the Hormozgan Province near yesterday’s quake – many houses have collapsed.

Last update: May 12, 2013 at 10:25 am by By

- Summary:                      M6.2-6.3, 15km depth, Hormozgan Province, 85km ESE of Minab.
- Current Death Toll:      2 confirmed (but 1 only from 1 source)
- Current Injury Toll:     at least 20 injuries
- Current Damage:       70 villages damaged to a large extent (30% to 90%), many houses destroyed, slight damage in Minab, 85km away.
- Current Economic Loss:       Predicted to be in the region of > 5 million USD

Update 11:07am - A second death of a child has been registered although this has not been confirmed by a 2nd source.

Update 10:22am - The death was of a 13 month old child.

Update 9:11am - Much damage has occurred with over 70 villages damaged to within 30% and 90%. This goes along with the death and injuries.

Update 8:02am - Numerous power and water outages have also occurred.

Update 7:58am - The first fatality has been confirmed.

Update 7:50am - Information is slow to hand. Beyond the 20 injuries, 400 collapsed houses, and many damaged houses, not much else is known.

Update 6:59am - Also the town Minab was affected by the quake. At least 5 buildings there suffered minor damage.

Update 6:47am - New reports from Iran mentioning that at least 18 people were injured and only 2 of them were transferred to hospital. In earlier reports, there are more hospitalized people mentioned.

Update 6:31am - No new numbers of injuries or collapsed houses are known yet. The Red Crescent in now transferring tents, food and drinking water to the epicenter area.

UPDATE 5:10am – It is also rumored that one person was killed in the Hormozgan University. However, authorities have not confirmed the news.

UPDATE 4:50am – 9 aftershocks have occurred above M4. Injury toll up to 17 confirmed.

Damage from the area of Jask (it can be seen that the mud brick houses are no match for such earthquakes)

Damage from the area of Jask (it can be seen that the mud brick houses are no match for such earthquakes)

UPDATE 4:45am – USGS Shakemap is predicting now VIII shaking, which is exactly what we have seen!

UPDATE 4:45am – 11 villages have been damaged.

UPDATE 4:43am – The USGS has updated their hypocenter to the same as the Iran Seismological Center, reducing the depth to 15km, and a Mw6.0.

UPDATE 4:40am – 3 villages have reportedly been blocked off by landslides..

UPDATE 4:38am – The severity of damage in the 10 villages has increased as they are now being classified as destroyed. Each village generally has between 20 and 50 houses.

UPDATE 4:35am – 8 villages have heavy damage.

UPDATE 4:17am – There are 56 villages within a radius of 15 km arond epicenter. So far, damage and injuries were observed in 2 of 6 examined.

UPDATE 4:13am – Aftershocks are shaking the region at regular intervals with at least 3 strong M5 aftershocks felt so far.

UPDATE 4:11am – At least 10 villages have damage and destruction, and the injury toll of 11 is expected to rise. This area is very historical and old, and there are reports than many “historical villages” have been destroyed.

UPDATE 4:10am – Cracked houses have been reported in the city of Jask.

UPDATE 4:05am – 11 people have been injured. The rescue teams number has remained at 10 so far with a total of 50 people.

UPDATE 4:00am – 5 people have been injured at least, and many houses damaged.

UPDATE 3:35am – Many houses have collapsed according to eyewitness reports.

UPDATE 3:32am – A damaging M5.3 aftershock has occurred.

UPDATE 3:30am – Still no word on the number of casualties however 10 teams consisting of 50 search and rescue officers have been sent to the region with helicopters.

UPDATE 3:10am – There are unfortunately reports of casualties. Disaster response teams have been sent to the location around the epicenter. There will have been crews on site given the damaging M5 earthquake yesterday which destroyed 6 villages 30%-70%, i.e. with most buildings with significant damage. The shaking today will have been around 5-6 times that of yesterday.

UPDATE 3:00am – There are not many large settlements in the area, thus we hope that damage will be kept to a minimum. The houses in the area are however very vulnerable to earthquakes.

UPDATE 2:52am – Fatalities are expected via theoretical models.

UPDATE 2:52am – The earthquake has been given an Ml6.2 and 15km depth by the Iran Seismological Center. This struck Hormozgan in the area of Minab, where many houses were damaged in the past few days by a M5 earthquake. We hope that many people will have been out of their homes.

The initial depth calculation of USGS was 36km, however it could still be a shallower hypocenter once more information is gained. This is potentially very dangerous. The earthquake was felt in the United Arab Emirates.

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6.2

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-05-11 06:38:11

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-05-11 02:08:11

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 30 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 23:27 3.7 17 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Southern Iran May 11 22:28 4.6 9 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 22:28 4.6 45 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 22:25 4.6 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southeastern Iran May 11 22:23 4.9 60 MAP I Felt It
USGS Southern Iran May 11 22:23 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Southern Iran May 11 22:23 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Southern Iran May 11 21:51 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Southern Iran May 11 21:51 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 21:51 4.9 40 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 21:00 3.5 20 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 20:28 3.7 21 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 18:06 4.5 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Southern Iran May 11 18:06 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Southern Iran May 11 18:06 4.7 23 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 14:28 3.6 23 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Southern Iran May 11 14:23 4.6 54 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 14:23 4.5 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 13:20 3.9 20 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 12:55 3.6 22 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 10:25 4.3 20 MAP I Felt It
USGS Southern Iran May 11 10:25 4.3 27 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Southern Iran May 11 10:25 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 10:03 4.6 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Southern Iran May 11 10:03 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Southern Iran May 11 10:03 4.6 24 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 08:42 5.0 30 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Southern Iran May 11 08:42 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Southern Iran May 11 08:42 5.0 22 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 08:38 4.0 20 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 07:58 4.2 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Southeastern Iran May 11 05:59 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 05:59 4.3 20 MAP I Felt It
USGS Southern Iran May 11 05:45 4.3 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 05:45 4.0 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Southern Iran May 11 05:34 4.4 25 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 05:21 3.9 21 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 04:53 3.8 17 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 04:51 3.8 28 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Southern Iran May 11 04:09 4.7 25 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Southern Iran May 11 04:09 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Southern Iran May 11 03:58 4.4 30 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 03:58 4.4 20 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Southern Iran May 11 03:58 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Southern Iran May 11 03:41 5.0 30 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Southern Iran May 11 03:41 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southeastern Iran May 11 03:41 5.0 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Southern Iran May 11 03:17 4.7 25 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Southern Iran May 11 03:17 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southeastern Iran May 11 03:10 5.4 20 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Southern Iran May 11 03:09 5.5 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Southern Iran May 11 03:09 5.3 27 MAP I Felt It
USGS Southern Iran May 11 03:03 4.8 23 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 03:03 4.8 20 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Southern Iran May 11 03:03 4.9 33 MAP I Felt It
USGS Southern Iran May 11 02:50 4.6 25 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Southern Iran May 11 02:50 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 02:50 4.6 20 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 02:45 4.1 16 MAP I Felt It
USGS Southern Iran May 11 02:32 4.5 26 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 02:32 4.5 20 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Southern Iran May 11 02:32 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 02:29 4.6 20 MAP I Felt It
USGS Southern Iran May 11 02:29 4.6 35 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Southern Iran May 11 02:29 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Southern Iran May 11 02:08 6.0 14 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Southern Iran May 11 02:08 6.2 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Iran May 11 02:08 6.2 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Al nhada sharja - Felt strong shaking at 17th floor
  • Dubai - Felt a light earthquake alnahda dubai 3rd floor
  • Ajman, UAE - Not comfortable at all!!
  • Ras Al Khaimah - Minor disruption/shaking felt on 5th floor (top of building), shaking furniture.
  • Abu Dhabi - I went to bed very late last night and was awakened this morning (about 20ish minutes ago) by a nauseating vibration. I thought it was some sleep-deprived sensation, so I got up to go to the bathroom and the plastic drawers in my bathroom were vibrating. I thought it might be construction, but I checked just now and saw that once again, the bathroom drawers are my own personal mini-earthquake censors.
  • Al nanda dubai - Hanging object shaking lightly indoors
  • Bojnurd - very similar to the one happened just some weeks ago, most quakes in this area are like this.

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
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    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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