Very strong dangerous earthquake in south-eastern Uzbekistan

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May we ask our Uzbekistan / Kyrgyzstan / Tajikistan readers to report us if they are getting news of damage / injuries of this earthquake. Because of language problems, we are not able to get information from local newspapers. Any information like cracks, chimney damage, slight injuries, etc. will help us. Please use the form below to share your information. Thank you for your help!

Update 16:38 UTC : According to news from Tajikistan, the quake caused small cracks in walls of buildings in Tashkent.

Update 12:07 UTC : One person from Bulungur (Uzbekistan) has just written at the EMSC site in russian language, that the shaking was very strong, all the objects fall down, there are big cracks in the walls, a lot of chimneys collapsed, windows are broken, people are afraid to return home. Bulungur is 44 km South from the EMSC epicenter. The local press is however in Sunday rest as the reports from them are very limited.

Update 09:24 UTC : We can bring you an amateur video posted on YouTube from todays earthquake as it was witnessed in Tashkent (200 km from the epicenter)

Update 08:39 UTC : Preliminary Focal Mechanism for this earthquake shows a reverse faulting (2 plates pushing upon another and breaking). No more news at this moment. We continue our search for more details.

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Update 07:56 UTC : The data update is giving the following changed shaking impact on the population (the VII and VI ares can generate damage / injuries, especially on older buildings) :

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Update 07:52 UTC : The MMI shaking values for the closest cities are now as following (updated USGS data)
VI   (strong shaking)  Bulung'ur  27000 people
V    (moderate shaking)  Jomboy    14000
IV    (Light shaking)  Daxbet    8000,  Chelak    17000,  Jizzax    153000 and  Samarqand 319000

Update 07:48 UTC : New updated data from USGS are reporting a recalculated Magnitude of 5.8 at a depth of 19 km (instead of 26). The Max. MMI shaking is up now from VI to VII. This is the new shakemap based on the updated data

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Update 07:38 UTC : Samarkand reports that the cellular network went down, but no damage known as yet. This is good news, and probably means a different hypocenter and magnitude to that being calculated.

Update 07:30 UTC : Although USGS and other Uzbek newspapers are defining this quake as an intensity 5 (V) earthquake, this is not the case, as the depth and magnitude, if correct, will create at least an intensity VII, and possibly worse.

Update 07:28 UTC : In Navoy, picture frames fell, and it was felt around V (this is also 125km from the epicenter). Not good news.

Update 07:24 UTC : Using Tashkent as IV-V, it appears as though the shaking at the epicenter could be around VIII.

Update 07:18 UTC : Data arriving from our readers are telling us that there might be serious damage near the epicenter as this earthquake was well felt in Tashkent and even more in Dushambe , both at 200 km distance from the epicenter

Update 07:10 UTC : A ER reader writing us from Touristic (Historic) City Samarkand (approx. 40 km to the South West) writes us :
Lots of people panicked, cellular network was down and unresponsive for about 15 mins, no damage yet known

Update 07:06 UTC : The village below is at only 2 km from the epicenter as reported by the USGS and is surely at risk for eventual damage. We have no name of it.

Village at only 2 km north-east of the epicenter (USGS epicenter)

Village at only 2 km north-east of the epicenter (USGS epicenter)

Update 06:58 UTC : The settlement of Mardsham-Bulak is right above the epicenter as reported by USGS.

Update 06:58 UTC : What concerns us a little bit is that the epicenter is located below farmland, which means mostly soft soil. Soft soil has the capacity to distribute a more dangerous shaking wave than a rocky underground.

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Lets hope for the sake of the people living in the epicenter area that USGS is right with his data and expectations.

Update 06:55 UTC : The earthquake was felt as far as Almaty

Update 06:52 UTC : The depths of the epicenter are varying seriously in between the different reporting agencies. 26 km (USGS) - 10 km (also a value as "we are not sure" by EMSC) and 16 km (Geofon)

Update 06:50 UTC : The current earthquake is (luckily) far away from yesterday's epicenter which was close to Tashkent.

Update 06:45 UTC : We expect at least damage in the settlements around the epicenter, but as far as we get reports at the moment it is still too soon the know where  the exact epicenter is situated. At this moment we conclude away from the bigger cities

Update 06:42 UTC : Maximum shaking as expected by USGS is MMI VI = strong shaking

Update 06:37 UTC : USGS indicates far better numbers than the preliminary data from EMSC and Geofon - A Magnitude of M6.0 at a preliminary depth of 26 km.

Update 06:32 UTC : The main cities at risk are Koytash and Gallaorol.
Jyzzakh, a city with a population of 150,000 people being just out of our dangerous perimeter which we call at this moment at approx. 20 km. As there is still uncertainty about the perimeter this conclusion is still very temporary.

Shaking map based on USGS data

Shaking map based on USGS data

191 km SW of Tashkent, Uzbekistan / pop: 1,978,028 / local time: 11:08:16.0 2013-05-26
37 km W of Jizzax, Uzbekistan / pop: 152,642 / local time: 11:08:16.0 2013-05-26

The second strong to very strong earthquake in 2 days time.

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.8

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-05-26 11:08:16

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-05-26 06:08:16

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 16 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Eastern Uzbekistan May 26 06:08 5.8 19 MAP
  • Bulungur - One person from Bulungur (Uzbekistan) has just written at the EMSC site in russian language, that the shaking was very strong, all the objects fall down, there are big cracks in the walls, a lot of chimneys collapsed, windows are broken, people are afraid to return home. Bulungur is 44 km South from the EMSC epicenter (via emsc)
  • jizzax city - Very strong
  • Tashkent - Yeah, it was a little bit frightening. But this time's earthquake wasn't the strongest I ever felt.
  • GEOFON Southeastern Uzbekistan May 26 06:08 5.8 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • resen - living in building 3 floor
  • Dushanbe - Quite long shaking
  • Dushanbe - lasted for about 30 seconds. gradually got stronger and had the light swinging
  • Ташкент - Повторное землетрясение в Ташкенте
  • Карши - На 5 этаже ходила ходуном мебель.
  • Dushambe - Indescriptible, c'est tout l'immeuble qui a bougé...
  • Shakhrisabz - Strong shaking about 10 seconds, started slowly, ends sharply. Some small bodies fall, trees and some buildings sounds.
  • Dushanbe - I felt extremely terrified as if the whole building was about to collapse.
  • Samarkand - Lots of people panicked, cellular network was DDoS'ed and unresponsive for about 15 mins, no damage yet known
  • Dushambe - Cela a secouer tres fort, les murs semblaient en papier et bougeaient. Pas de dégâts visible
  • Навои Узбекистан - в 11-15 по Ташкентскому времени в г. Навои было очень сильное землетрясение, думаю было баллов от 6 до 8. Вся мебель качалась, вазы, рамки фотографий падали, было очень страшно. Кажется еще таких толчков не ощущала ни разу.
  • Bukhara - Very weak shaking, people run out of buildings
  • ташкент - Трясло довольно сильно, но как там в самарканде?
  • Douchanbé - L'immeuble tremblait, les lustres se balançaient ...
  • Dushanbe, Tajikistan - Everyone's talking about it, but I didn't feel a thing. Strange.
  • Чирчик -
  • Kyzylorda - The small indoor plant on our dining table kept moving for almost 15 seconds. Some light shaking were also felt on the floor.
  • Tashkent - Timor square Tashkent, hôtel, balancement important de la structure, temps relativement court 30-45 s.
  • Ташкент - Повторное землетрясение сегодня днем было дольше по продолжительности, но слабее чем предыдущее ночью.Тряска происходила по нарастающей в течении от 10 до 12 мин, как показалось...Все предметы обихода остались на месте.
  • Исфана - Сегодня ощущались толчьки в ведрах вода плискалась. было сильно.
  • Samarcande - je crois que c'était le plus fort tremblement de terre à Samarcande depuis 1984.
  • Samarkand - First, I heard a strange approaching loud sound, it seemed like the heaviest rail-train was passing by my gate. I was doing some cleaning in my yard so it made me freeze for seconds trying to figure out what going on. Not until my house walls started to dance, moving back and forth, up and down from outside, I realized it was the EARTHQUAKE... It passed by in a minute or so. I hurried to TV. There was no news besides concerts. So, only on your website I found out about the magnitude that had str
  • EMSC Eastern Uzbekistan May 26 06:08 5.8 21 MAP
  • Булунгур - Тряска начилась не ожиданно с быстрым увеличением амплитуды сопровождении сильным гулом закончилось также не ожиданно как и начилось



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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) ?
    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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