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Strong and shallow M6.1 earthquake hits southern Iran

southern iran earthquake m6-1 july 1 2022

A strong and shallow earthquake registered by the USGS as M6.1 hit southern Iran at 21:32 UTC on July 1, 2022. The agency is reporting a depth of 10 km (6.2 miles). EMSC is reporting the same magnitude and depth.

The epicenter was located 54.8 km (34 miles) NE of Bandar-e Lengeh (population 22 768),
103.4 km (64.2 miles) W of Qeshm (population 25 000), and 107.9 km (67.1 miles) WSW of Bandar Abbas (population 352 173), Hormozgan, Iran.

9 000 people are estimated to have felt very strong shaking, 17 000 strong, and 164 000 moderate.

The USGS issued a Yellow alert for shaking-related fatalities. Some casualties are possible and the impact should be relatively localized. Past events with this alert level have required a local or regional level response.

A Green alert was issued for economic losses. There is a low likelihood of damage.

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Image credit: TW/SAM, Google

Numerous aftershocks, including M6.0, M5.7 and M5.0, were registered over the next 90 minutes.

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Overall, the population in this region resides in structures that are vulnerable to earthquake shaking, though resistant structures exist. The predominant vulnerable building type is low-rise nonductile concrete frame with infill construction.

Recent earthquakes in this area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides that might have contributed to losses.

At least 5 people were killed and 19 injured, as of early Saturday morning (July 2).

“All of the victims died in the first earthquake and no-one was harmed in the next two severe quakes as people were already outside their homes,” said Foad Moradzadeh, governor of Bandar Lengeh country.

Estimated population exposure to earthquake shaking

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Selected cities exposed

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Regional seismicity

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Featured image credit: TW/SAM, Google

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