Strong dangerous earthquake in Southern Iran – At least 1 killed and 30 injured + a lot of damage

Last update: April 22, 2014 at 11:18 am by By

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Update 17:53 UTC : The following picture illustrates the power of the earthquake.
The impact of the earthquake in the epicenter area is very hight with about 60% of the houses damaged. 10% is uninhabitable. Tents and other aid are being delivered to this area. Unfortunately a lot of infrastructure (bridges, power lines and administration buildings were also damaged)

Image courtesy and copyright ISNA Iran

Image courtesy and copyright ISNA Iran

Update 10:01 UTC :

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Update 06:45 UTC:
30 injured people are now confirmed, from which 14 are treated outpatient. 3 people, who were buried under the debris of collapsed houses, were severely injured.
Not only Bastak (which has approx. 8000 inhabitants), but also other villages near the epicenter suffered damage. The Red Crescent is currently evaluating the exact extend of damage.

A strong and shallow earthquake hit the Iranian province Hormozgan this morning and caused extensive damage in surrounding towns and villages. According to initial reports, many houses collaped or were severely damaged. Others suffered minor damage. Esspecially the town Bastak, only a few km west of the epicenter, is affected. So far it is conformed, that one resident was killed and 15 others were injured.

Nearby Cities
47km (29mi) S of Lar, Iran
53km (33mi) SSE of Gerash, Iran
87km (54mi) NNE of Kish, Iran
89km (55mi) NNW of Bandar-e Lengeh, Iran
309km (192mi) N of Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Iran Shakemap

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-01-02 06:43:58

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-01-02 03:13:58

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 10 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Southern Iran Jan 02 13:43 3.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran Jan 02 10:50 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Southern Iran Jan 02 10:50 4.6 46 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Lar, Iran Jan 02 10:50 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Iran Jan 02 08:59 3.8 4 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran Jan 02 06:58 3.8 33 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran Jan 02 03:24 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lar, Iran Jan 02 03:24 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Southern Iran Jan 02 03:13 5.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Southern Iran Jan 02 03:13 5.5 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lar, Iran Jan 02 03:13 5.5 10 MAP I Felt It


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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.
Fittings :
Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
Structures :
Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
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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