Moderately dangerous earthquake in Azerbaijan, also felt in Armenia – local press is spreading Rumors for big quake to come

Last update: February 10, 2014 at 6:43 pm by By

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Update : 170 families are affected in one or another way because of this earthquake.

Update : RUMORS in the Azerbaijani press are telling (once again) that a major quake will strike later today in Baku. ONCE AGAIN : At this level of science NOBODY IN THE WORLD can predict an earthquake in time and Magnitude. Be prepared for it at all time. 

Update : Azerbaijani news reports a Magnitude of M5.7 at a depth of 55 km, confirming our opinion about potential slight damage. We will keep you updated later today as it will take several hours before more details will be available

Update : Preliminary data is conflicting about the depth of the hypocenter . 10 km is mostly reported if the exact depth is still unknown. Other data shows M5.8 at 46 km (Igut) and 67 km depth. In both cases, ER thinks that this earthquake can be moderately dangerous in a radius of 40 km around the epicenter.

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88 km W of Baku, Azerbaijan / pop: 1,116,513 / local time: 16:06:47.0 2014-02-10
34 km SE of Shamakhi, Azerbaijan / pop: 29,403 / local time: 16:06:47.0 2014-02-10
19 km S of Marazy, Azerbaijan / pop: 3,754 / local time: 16:06:47.0 2014-02-10

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.4

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-02-10 16:06:42

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-02-10 12:06:42

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 67 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Marazy, Azerbaijan Feb 10 12:06 5.3 48 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Eastern Caucasus Feb 10 12:06 5.4 67 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Baku - i was sitting at a chair on a table and the building started to shake, the lamps shaked and everything hanging for a few seconds. Kind of scary
  • Sisian - My wife just called me. Felt the building move. Going to pick up our son from the kindergarden.
  • Stepanakert - wow
  • Baku - I felt a light shaking.
  • Baku - May 2 seconds wobble felt in a high rise building. People on street never felt any tremor.
  • Baku - Light shaking, furniture vibrating. Lasted about 30 seconds.
  • Sumgayit - I was laying on the bed then all of a sudden I felt my bed shaking, I didn't believe it was an earthquake at the first place but about 2 seconds later I saw the furniture shaking and making sound. I still have that fear while typing this message. It was about 5 magnitude
  • Baku - shaked very well for few seconds, 2nd floor of the building.
  • Balu - I was at work in tall building. I felt it and was scared to death. Hope it wont repeat
  • Baku - Shook furniture a bit maybe for 1 minute but nothing after... Maybe an aftershock.
  • Baku - Mum is at home alone I live far away. She rang me said she been watching tv suddenly door oppened. In her chair she was shaking.
  • Baku - Very minor shake with no visual damage to our house. No ornaments were dislodged. The office where I work is on the 16th floor of a high rise building and this was evacuated as a precautionary measure. No damage reported in the office or the building as a whole.
  • EMSC Azerbaijan Feb 10 12:06 5.4 55 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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