Magnitude 3.9 Earthquake Struck 15 km NNE of Shirak, Armenia on January 18, 2020 01:28:43

Last Updated: 2020-04-08 19:39:34

On January 18, 2020 01:28:43 an earthquake with magnitude of 3.9 on the richter scale hit 15 km NNE of Shirak, Armenia. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 10.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 44.013° and latitude 40.962°. According to documented reports 1 people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on January 18, 2020 01:28:43 had a magnitude of 3.9 on the richter scale. Which is considered to be a minor earthquake and is often felt but causes little to no damage.

Shallow earthquakes are considered between 0 and 70 km deep, while intermediate earthquakes range from 70 - 300 km deep and deep earthquakes are between 300 - 700 km deep.

Are shallow earthquakes more destructive?

Shallow quakes generally tend to be more damaging than deeper quakes. Seismic waves from deep quakes have to travel farther to the surface, losing energy along the way.

Nearby Cities and Towns

The nearest significant population center is Shirak in Shirak Region, Armenia, located 15 kilometers or 9 miles ↓ S of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Kamo (Shirak Region, Armenia) located 16 km (9 mi) ↓ S and Shirakamut (Lori Region, Armenia) located 16 km (10 mi) → E of the epicenter.

In total, we found 67 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
15 km (9 mi) ↓ S Shirak Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
16 km (9 mi) ↓ S Kamo Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
16 km (10 mi) → E Shirakamut Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
16 km (10 mi) ↘ SE Mets Parni Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
17 km (10 mi) → E Gogaran Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
18 km (11 mi) ↙ SW Amasia Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
19 km (12 mi) ↘ SE Tsaghkaber Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
19 km (12 mi) ↙ SW Mayisyan Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
19 km (12 mi) → E Sarahart’ Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
22 km (14 mi) ↘ SE Lerrnavan Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
23 km (14 mi) ↓ S Gyumri Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
24 km (14 mi) ↘ SE Jrashen Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
24 km (15 mi) → E Arevashogh Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
24 km (15 mi) ↙ SW Marmashen Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
25 km (16 mi) → E Spitak Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
26 km (16 mi) ↓ S Arrap’i Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
28 km (17 mi) → E Lerrnants’k’ Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
28 km (17 mi) ↗ NE Tashir Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
28 km (17 mi) ↙ SW Haykavan Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
31 km (19 mi) ↗ NE Step’anavan Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
32 km (19 mi) ↑ N Metsavan Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
34 km (21 mi) ↗ NE Urrut Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
35 km (22 mi) → E Lerrnapat Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
36 km (22 mi) ↗ NE Norashen Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
37 km (23 mi) → E Bazum Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
37 km (23 mi) → E Darpas Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
38 km (23 mi) ↗ NE Agarak Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
38 km (23 mi) ↗ NE Gyulagarak Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
41 km (25 mi) ↗ NE Vardablur Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
44 km (27 mi) ↑ N Dmanisis Munitsip’alit’et’i Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
44 km (27 mi) → E Vanadzor Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
47 km (29 mi) → E Gugark’ Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
50 km (31 mi) → E Vahagni Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
51 km (31 mi) ↗ NE Odzun Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
52 km (32 mi) → E Yeghegnut Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
53 km (33 mi) ↗ NE Dsegh Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
57 km (35 mi) ↗ NE Alaverdi Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
61 km (38 mi) ↑ N Bolnisis Munitsip’alit’et’i Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
63 km (39 mi) → E Lorut Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
66 km (41 mi) ↗ NE Akht’ala Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
69 km (43 mi) ↑ N Bolnisi Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
70 km (43 mi) ↑ N Tsalka Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
72 km (44 mi) ↗ NE Shnogh Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
72 km (45 mi) ↗ NE Chochkan Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
74 km (46 mi) ↑ N T’et’ri Tsqaro Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
74 km (46 mi) ↗ NE Bagratashen Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
74 km (46 mi) ↖ NW Ts’alk’is Munitsip’alit’et’i Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
75 km (47 mi) ↗ NE Archis Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
76 km (47 mi) ↗ NE Naghvarevi Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
81 km (50 mi) ↑ N Tetrits’q’alos Munitsip’alit’et’i Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
84 km (52 mi) ↗ NE Marneulis Munitsip’alit’et’i Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
85 km (53 mi) ↗ NE Noyemberyan Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
86 km (54 mi) ↗ NE Berdavan Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
87 km (54 mi) ↑ N Manglisi Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
87 km (54 mi) ↗ NE Marneuli Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
104 km (65 mi) ↗ NE Rust’avi Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
106 km (66 mi) ↑ N Tbilisi Tbilisi 🇬🇪 Georgia
109 km (68 mi) ↑ N Dzegvi Mtskheta-Mtianeti 🇬🇪 Georgia
112 km (69 mi) ↑ N Kaspi Shida Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
113 km (70 mi) ↑ N Gori Shida Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
114 km (71 mi) ↑ N Mtskheta Mtskheta-Mtianeti 🇬🇪 Georgia
117 km (72 mi) ↑ N Didi Lilo Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
119 km (74 mi) ↖ NW Khashuri Shida Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
120 km (74 mi) ↖ NW Agara Shida Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
123 km (76 mi) ↑ N Goris Munitsip’alit’et’i Shida Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
135 km (84 mi) ↑ N Akhalgori Mtskheta-Mtianeti 🇬🇪 Georgia
144 km (89 mi) ↑ N Zhinvali Mtskheta-Mtianeti 🇬🇪 Georgia

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 6 utility-scale power plants in the vecinity of the earthquakes epicenter. Ranging form closest to furtherst, one of these is a neaclear power plant.

Distance Direction Power Plant Type Capacity
65 km (40 mi) ↑ N Khrami I Hydroelectric Power Plant Georgia Hydro 112.0 MW
65 km (40 mi) ↑ N Khrami II Hydroelectric Power Plant Georgia Hydro 110.0 MW
105 km (65 mi) ↑ N Ortachala Hydroelectric Power Plant Georgia Hydro 18.0 MW
112 km (70 mi) ↑ N Satskhenisi Hydroelectric Power Plant Georgia Hydro 14.0 MW
114 km (70 mi) ↑ N Zahesi Hydroelectric Power Plant Georgia Hydro 36.2 MW
144 km (90 mi) ↑ N Zhinvali Hydroelectric Power Plant Georgia Hydro 130.0 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 1 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 3.9 earthquake that struck 15 km NNE of Shirak, Armenia on January 18, 2020 01:28:43. These types were Hydro power plants, below you find information how each type of power plant can pose a risk to you as a person or the ecosytem around you.

None of this information should be used as guidence in an event of an emergency, but rather as additional references to information provided by national, state and local authorities.

Hydropower

Hydropower plants are generally considered as safe in many aspects, but when it comes to severe earthquakes they pose a substantial risk that can manifest in the form of dam faliours, landslides and grave impacts on surrounding ecosystems.

Dam Failure

The most significant risk is the potential failure of the dam that holds the water reservoir. Severe ground shaking can damage or breach the dam, leading to downstream flooding and as a result endangering people and wildlife living downstream. Such an event can also have severe impact on key infrastructure that cascades through society.

Landslides

Earthquakes can trigger landslides in the areas surrounding hydropower plants, potentially damaging infrastructure and causing harm to nearby communities.

Damage to Aquatic Ecosystems

Both landslide and dam failures can have a severe impact on upstream and downstream aquatic wildlife, ecosystem and groundwater, resulting in longterm risks for people and industires living and operating in areas near the water supply.

To mitigate these risks, engineering and construction standards for hydropower plants often include earthquake-resistant designs. These designs incorporate measures such as flexible foundations, strengthened dam structures, and advanced monitoring systems to detect early signs of stress. Additionally, emergency plans and evacuation procedures should be in place to protect personnel and downstream communities in the event of a severe earthquake.

Data Information

Information found on this page is a derivative set, based on sources mentioned below.

Data Sources

We aggregate and combine data from USGS (United States Geographical Survey) and the EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre). This allow us to get near real-time and historical earthquake data dating back to the year 1950.

Disclaimer

Information or data found on this page should not be used for, or as an early warning system. It is intended as an historical reference or near real-time complementary information to offical and governmental sources. In an event of an emergency it is important closely monitor and follow advice from national, state and local authorities.

Magnitude 3.9 Earthquake Struck 15 km NNE of Shirak, Armenia on January 18, 2020 01:28:43
Date and Time
2020-01-18 01:28:43 (UTC)
Magnitude
3.9 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
10.0 km
Reports
1 people has reported that they felt this earthquake
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