Earthquake overview : An extremely dangerous shallow earthquake occurred in the Tabriz Ahar area. The population in this area runs into the millions of people.The earthquake area is currently rattled by many aftershocks which may even go up to M5 or more. The most recent one had a magnitude of M4.7!
- EMSC, the European seismological agency reports a Magnitude of M6.2 for the first one and M5.9 for the second one. The depth of the first quake has been measured at 10 km, the second at 80 km (which we do not believe to be true).Preliminary epicenter at 60 km from Tabriz. Tabriz has a population if 1.4 million people). Tabriz is not too close to the epicenter, wo damage, if any, will be moderate
The closest city to the epicenter is however Ahar, a city with a population of 94348 (latest census).
Theoretical intensity calculations are expecting very strong to severe shaking in the epicenter area.
We will start-up an in-depth article as soon as possible.
Saturday, August 11, 2012
6.2, 6.3 Magnitude Quakes Hit Iran - Large Aftershocks
This story has just hit the news sites and more will be coming in. The fact that the quakes were "shallow" could lead to much damage; we'll be following this story closely:
Posted by Scott at Saturday, August 11, 2012