Information on the earthquake: moderate mag. 4.6 earthquake

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Moderate magnitude earthquake 4.6 to 10 km deep

October 16 11:54 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 8 minutes.

Updated Sat Oct 16, 2021, 12:00

Moderate magnitude 4.6 earthquake strikes 16 km west of Zarand, Iran in early afternoon

Earthquake 4.6 October 16, 3:16 p.m. (GMT + 3:30 p.m.)

Earthquake 4.6 October 16, 3:16 p.m. (GMT + 3:30 p.m.)

The German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) reported a 4.6 magnitude earthquake in Iran near Zarand, Kerman, just 14 minutes ago. The earthquake struck in the early afternoon on Saturday October 16, 2021 at 2:46 p.m. local time at a shallow depth of 10 km. The exact magnitude, epicenter and depth of the quake could be revised in the coming hours or minutes, as seismologists review the data and refine their calculations, or when other agencies release their report.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC) which also listed the 4.6 magnitude earthquake.
Based on preliminary seismic data, the quake was likely felt by many people in the epicenter area. It should not have caused any significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken glass, etc.
In Zarand (59,000 inhabitants) located 16 km from the epicenter, the earthquake should have been felt as slight tremors.
Weak tremors could have been felt in Shahrak-e Pābedānā (6,500 inhabitants) located 34 km from the epicenter, Rafsanjān (147,700 inhabitants) at 61 km and Rāvar (40,200 inhabitants) at 62 km.
Other towns close to the epicenter where the earthquake could have been felt as very weak tremors include Kerman (577,500 inhabitants) located 89 km from the epicenter, Kerman (577,500 inhabitants) at 89 km and Bardsīr ( 37,200 inhabitants) 102 km.
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Date and hour : October 16, 2021 11:46:04 AM UTC –
Local time at epicenter: Saturday October 16, 2021 3:16 p.m. (GMT + 3:30 p.m.)
Magnitude: 4.6
Depth: 10.0 km

Latitude / longitude of epicenter: 30.83 ° N / 56.4 ° E↗ (Kerman, Iran)
Antipode: 30.83 ° S / 123.6 ° W↗
Nearest volcano: Qal’eh Hasan Ali (195 km / 121 mi)

Nearby towns and villages:
16 km (10 mi) west of Zarand (pop: 59,000) -> Observe the earthquakes nearby!
34 km (21 mi) south of Shahrak-e Pābedānā (pop: 6,500) -> Observe the earthquakes nearby!
61 km (38 mi) northeast of Rafsandjan (pop: 147,700) -> See nearby earthquakes!
62 km (39 mi) southwest of Ravar (pop: 40,200) -> See nearby earthquakes!
89 km (55 mi) northwest of Kerman (pop: 577,500) -> Observe the earthquakes nearby!
89 km (55 mi) northwest of Kerman (pop: 577,500) -> Observe the earthquakes nearby!
102 km (64 mi) north of Bardr (Bardsir) (pop: 37,200) -> Observe the earthquakes nearby!
168 km (105 mi) NNE of Sīrjan (pop: 207,600) -> Observe the earthquakes nearby!
396 km (246 mi) ENE of Shiraz (Fars) (pop: 1,249,900) -> See nearby earthquakes!
712 km (442 mi) southeast of Tehran (pop: 7,153,300) -> See nearby earthquakes!

Weather at the epicenter at the time of the earthquake:
Clear sky 23.2 ° C (74 F), humidity: 14%, wind: 5 m / s (10 kts) from N

Main data source: GFZ (German Research Center for Geosciences)

Estimated energy released: 5×1011 joules (139 megawatt hours, equivalent to 120 tonnes of TNT) More info

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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report the same earthquake and publish similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It normally takes up to a few hours for the seismic parameters to be calculated with near optimum accuracy.

Mag. Depth Site Source
4.6 10 km Northern and central Iran GFZ
5.1 2 km CENTRAL IRAN EMSC
5.1 10 km Iran: 16 Km from Yazdan Shahr, Kerman CIHR
4.8 10 km 12 Km to SSE of Shahrak-e Pābedānā, Iran USGS
5.1 10 km Northern and central Iran GeoAu

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