M 5.8 in Islamic Republic of Iran on 18 Apr 2021 06:41 UTC

Event summary

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

GDACS ID EQ 1265240
Earthquake Magnitude: 5.8M
Glide number: EQ-2021-000018-IRN m
Depth: 10 Km
Lat/Lon: 29.7874 , 50.6693
Event Date: 18 Apr 2021 06:41 UTC
18 Apr 2021 11:11 Local
Exposed Population: About 43000 people in MMI VIII
1260000 people within 100km
Inserted at: 18 Apr 2021 07:04 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity : 4.6 (Iran)


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GDACS score
NEIC 1.8 1.8
us6000e2k3 Scaled population (raster) 4.53  
  C1 shakemap 0.11  
  C2 shakemap 0.4  
  Country Vulnerability 0  
  INFORM_normalised 0.94  
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Iran - Earthquake (ECHO 19 Apr 2021)Mon, 19 Apr 2021 12:52

  • An earthquake of 5.9 M at a depth of 10 km occurred in western Iran on 18 April at 6.41 UTC (11.11 local time). The epicentre was located approximately 26 km north-east of Bandar Ganaveh (Genaveh County, Bushehr Province), a city on northern Persian Gulf coast, 100 km far from Iran's Bushehr nuclear power plant. The earthquake was followed by a series of aftershocks in the same area.
  • USGS PAGER estimates that up to 2,000 people were exposed to very strong shaking and up to 75,000 to strong shaking.
  • The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reports, as of 19 April, six injured people, 1,179 affected households and a number of destroyed or damaged houses.  
  • The Iranian Red Crescent Society has provided 500 relief tents, ten assessment teams and ten operational vehicles for the affected population. Three field hospitals had been established and 59 ambulances dispatched to the affected area. Since most of Iran’s provinces, including Bushehr are in “Red” COVID-19 category, evacuations in temporary shelters, as a quick standard response to the earthquake, raise concerns.
Detailed event map. European Union, 2021. Map produced by EC-JRC.
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For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: EC-JRC (44), (2), NEIC (4), OCHA (1), INGV (1), DesInventar (1), WMO (1), USGS (5), INFORM (2),