M 6 in Islamic Republic of Iran on 23 Feb 2020 16:00 UTC

Event summary

This earthquake can have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

GDACS ID EQ 1207639
Earthquake Magnitude: 6.0M
Depth: 10 Km
Lat/Lon: 38.4692 , 44.3669
Event Date: 23 Feb 2020 16:00 UTC
23 Feb 2020 19:30 Local
Exposed Population: About 1000 people in MMI VII
1820000 people within 100km
Inserted at: 27 Feb 2020 14:12 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity : 4.6 (Iran)
INFORM Coping capacity list: Iran= 4.6; Turkey= 3.2


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GDACS score
NEIC 0.1 0.1
us70007v9g Scaled population (vector) 0  
  C1 shakemap 0.11  
  C2 shakemap 0.4  
  Country Vulnerability 0  
  INFORM_normalised 0.94  
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Iran-Turkey border region - Earthquake update (ECHO 24 Feb 2020)Mon, 24 Feb 2020 11:08

  • An earthquake of 6.0 M at a depth of 10 km occurred in West Azerbaijan Province (northwestern Iran) on 23 February at 16.00 UTC (19.30 local time). The epicentre was close to the Kapikoy-Razi border crossing with Turkey, 3.5 km west of Qotur Town(Iran) and 6 km south-east of Kapikoy Town (Van Province, eastern Turkey).
  • Up to 1,000 people were exposed to very strong shaking and up to 23,000 to strong shaking.
  • As of 24 February, media report 9 people killed, 125 people injured and more than 1,000 collapsed buildings (mainly in Van Province) as a result of the recent earthquakes. 
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Magnitude 5.9 quake in Iran hits also ArmeniaMon, 24 Feb 2020 08:54:00 +0100.

A magnitude 5.9 earthquake on Iran's territory on Sunday night was felt partially also in Armenia. The jolts, recorded at 8:00pm local time (GMT 4:00pm), were felt particulalry in capital Yerevan, and the regions of Ararat, Syunik and Vayot

Estimated casualties (PAGER)

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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: JRC (40), (2), NEIC (4), OCHA (1), INGV (1), DesInventar (1), WMO (1), USGS (4), INFORM (2),