Deadly earthquake near Tehran, Iran - 2 people killed - December 20, 2017

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Damage report in cooperation with the 2017 Earthquake Impact Database - EID on Google Docs

Update 09:54 UTC: Sad to report that at least 2 people have been killed in yesterday's Malart earthquake. 103 people have been injured.

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Update 00:33 UTC:  below the historic earthquakes in the Tehran region since 1900. Besides the M6.9, there was also a M6.3 on May 28, 2004 North of Tehran.

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Update 00:13 UTC: when we obtain more information we will certainly write it here. So far no reports from damage. Below the earthquake data from the Local Iranian Seismological Center

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Update 00:12 UTC: Video showing the same

Update 00:09 UTC: This picture gives an impression of the people gathering in the open space after the M5.2 (ISC) earthquake

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Update 23:59 UTC: Another video shows a TV news anchor looking around when the studio started to shake

Update 23:56 UTC: So far we have only knowledge of 1 injured person. Video shows people in the streets afraid for aftershocks

Update 23:45 UTC: Based on the present earthquake parameters (Magnitude, Depth, Population, etc) and our experience with earthquake damage impact, does expect at least some slight damage like cracks in walls, fallen tiles, etc.

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Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.8

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2017-12-20 23:27:40

GMT/UTC Time : 2017-12-20 19:57:40

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Northern And Central Iran Dec 20 19:57 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • tehran - I was with my friend and we were talking but suddenly I noticed it.
  • Tehran - Very weak shaking
  • tehran - Moderate shaking
  • Tehran - Last 2-3 sec.
  • Tehran - 2 seconds with no damage
  • Tehran - Very weak shaking
  • Zarandiyeh - Strong shaking
  • Tehran - Last about 3 - 5 secs. No damage
  • Tehran - It took about two seconds. We felt it in Zaferaniyeh St. I can not call it a moderate shaking. No Damage to our property.
  • Tehran - Moderate to strong shake. No objects moved but there were vibrations strong enought to shake the doors and the windows with a lot of noise.
  • Tehran - Very weak shaking but was completely noticibale.
  • Tehran - Very strong shaking
  • Tehran - Moderate shaking
  • Tehran - Light shaking
  • Tehran - 7-10 Seconds, No damage.
  • Tehran - I was hanging of my friend til suddenly the 4 floor buildings start to shake. we had chance to ran out from third floor. the duration was under 10 second.
  • Tehran - It happened suddenly around 23:30 local time, we were sitting with the family, it took only 3-5 seconds, i was sitting on the couch and felt a strong vibration, the lamps were shaking and everyone started to panic and run outside. There are still a lot of people on the streets, sleeping in their car safely
  • Andisheh New Town - I was asleep but it woke me up it was that strong. There was a loud rumbling and shaking for a few seconds, it reminded me of being in a car going over bumps and the juddering / rumbling motion accompanied by the loud noise. N.B/ Malard is right next to Andisheh New Town
  • Karaj - The whole building was shaking and there was a loud voice because of the building shakes. It lasts for 5 to 10 seconds. Nothing was damaged. It felt moderate to strong but we're all scared of a violent earthquake.
  • Karaj - 2-3 seconds
  • TEHRAN - Moderate shaking
  • Tehran - Ok this was my first time to feel something so horrible I wanted to cry but I could not i wanted to escape but i coule not just leave my family behind 7t was seriously bad :(and we are all scared atm buildings here are not evej standard not to mention quake proof luckily I was in strict 13 cuz there you felt very little shake yet still scary Af, it is 3 am in m8rning actually bit passed that 3:25 and I am scared af can not sleep cause some people say there will be another in 3:45 🙁 God help us.
  • Tehran - Light shaking
  • Karaj - I am living in Karaj, around 10 km from the fault. It was scary and was felt by everyone indoor. It was a moderate earthquake. We heard the walls make cracking sound.
  • Tehran - 5 seconds
  • Karaj - I was too bad,I was in my room,suddenly Felt Shaking(North to South) about 5 sec
  • EMSC Northern Iran Dec 20 19:57 4.9 7 MAP
    USGS Malard, Iran Dec 20 19:57 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • teheran - was aan de telefoon met mijn vriend. is net gebeurd.
  • Tehran - Weak shaking
  • tehran - Light shaking
  • Tehran - time: 23h28 local time, duration: 3-5 seconds, no apparent damage in second floor appartment, first time such shaking experienced here in Tehran on my behalf since fourteen years residence!
  • Tehran - Strong shaking
  • Tehran - Moderate shaking
  • Teharn - Mg first experience. 5 seconds - no damage so far
  • Tehran - Light shaking
  • Tehran - Strong shaking
  • Malak - It lasted 2 seconds but it was strong enough to scare people. It had a little to no damage but people are still scared and they're in the streets.




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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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