Deadly earthquake strikes the Iran / Turkmenistan border region - 615 houses collapsed - May 13, 2017

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Update 07:56 UTC : More pictures to get an impression of the kind of devastation.

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Update 07:41 UTC : New numbers 615 houses collapsed and 417 people injured. Confusion about 2 or 3 killed people. We maintain 2 people.

Update 07:22 UTC : The number of injured people has further increased to 400


Update 23:14 UTC : People in the earthquake epicenter area were reluctant to enter their houses and are spending the night in the streets, a wise decision. The weather conditions can be called acceptable (it could be a lot worse).

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Update 21:29 UTC : The number of injured has further increased to 220. 202 injured are living in the Iranian city of Bojnurd, a city with a population of 192,000 people!

Update 21:22 UTC : 12 villages were OR severely damaged OR almost completely destroyed.   The number of death and injured may increase considerably the coming hours.

Important update 21:18 UTC : We are very sad to report that at least 2 people lost their live and 210 were injured, some severely

Update 19:26 UTC : So far the rescue services have treated 16 people with injuries to various degrees

Update 19:07 UTC : We get information that people are trapped below the rubble of some collapsed houses. Fatalities are not to be excluded unfortunately

Update 19:11 UTC : More pictures from the damage

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Update 18:41 UTC : The first picture from the damage

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Update 18:38 UTC : Professor Max Wyss, who specializes in theoretical prognoses of injuries and fatalities expects : 10 to 100 people injured and 0 to 40 fatalities

Update 18:34 UTC : As could be expected the first news arriving from the epicenter area is that some houses collapsed. SAR (Search and Rescue) teams are on their way to the epicenter area. (source:Tansimnews)

Update 18:31 UTC : Approximately 2000 people have experienced a very strong MMI VII shaking and 8000 a MMI VI strong shaking

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Update 18:26 UTC : Iranian seismological Center reports M5.7 at a depth of 11 km.

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Update 18:24 UTC : USGS now reports a Magnitude of M5.8 at a depth of 12.4 km which makes it even more dangerous

Update 18:20 UTC : The earthquake may have been felt also in Asjchabad, Turkmenistan. When you live in this city and have felt it, please fill in the form below (even in Cyrillic)

Update 18:14 UTC : This earthquake can do some moderate damage at houses in a radius of approx. 20 km from the epicenter

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86 km W of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan / pop: 728,000 / local time: 23:01:00.9 2017-05-13
33 km N of Bojnūrd, Iran, Islamic Republic of / pop: 193,000 / local time: 22:31:00.9 2017-05-13

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Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.4

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2017-05-13 22:31:00

GMT/UTC Time : 2017-05-13 18:01:00

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

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USGS Turkmenistan-iran Border Region May 13 18:01 5.8 12 MAP I Felt It
  • Ашхабад - Была чувстаительная тряска на 4 этаже.
  • Ashgabat - Shaking lasted approximately 30 seconds, light to moderate, we were on second floor of a two-story house. No apparent damage to the house. Ceiling lamps swayed 3 to 4 inches.
  • Ashgabat - no damage so far
  • Ашхабад - На 3 этаже в доме сильно почувствовалось
  • Ashgabat - 11 floor- this is the first time I felt an earthquake((it was really frightening
  • Ashgabat - Shaking was noticable. People ran outdoor. Many stayed outside for half an hour. No cracks heard or visible. No emergency or ambulance cars spotted.
  • Ashgabat - I was in the hotel on the 5th floor. It was a strong one. People escaped outside.
  • Ashgabat - no property damage only shaking
  • Ashgabat - The shaking was felt and the for some time the lights from ceiling kept moving. I didn't any one coming out of residences may be because it was late around 11 pm.
  • Ashgabat - chandelier was swinging slowly. Bed shook.
  • Ashgabat - Felt it sitting on a chair on the first floor of the building.
  • Gevers - Felt light shakes in 20 miles to east of Ashgabad, for a few seconds and chandeliers swinging for a couple min. Also a rumbling buzz was noticed during the shake as if there was a thunderstorm afar.. No visible damage to the house.
  • Ashgabat - No damages at all
  • GEOFON Turkmenistan-iran Border Region May 13 18:01 5.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northeastern Iran May 13 18:01 5.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO


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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) ?
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    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) ?
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    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.
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    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) ?
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    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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