Magnitude 5.2 Earthquake Struck 9 km SSW of Vahan, Armenia on February 05, 2021 15:36:11

Last Updated: 2021-04-22 21:50:24

On February 05, 2021 15:36:11 an earthquake with magnitude of 5.2 on the richter scale hit 9 km SSW of Vahan, Armenia. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 12.83 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 45.349° and latitude 40.502°. According to documented reports 31 people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on February 05, 2021 15:36:11 had a magnitude of 5.2 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 Vahan in Gegharkunik Province, Armenia, located 9 kilometers or 5 miles ↑ N of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Chambarak (Gegharkunik Province, Armenia) located 10 km (6 mi) ↑ N and Drakhtik (Gegharkunik Province, Armenia) located 11 km (7 mi) ← W of the epicenter.

In total, we found 70 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
9 km (5 mi) ↑ N Vahan Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
10 km (6 mi) ↑ N Chambarak Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
11 km (7 mi) ← W Drakhtik Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
19 km (12 mi) ↙ SW Noratus Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
22 km (14 mi) ↗ NE Arıqıran Gədəbəy 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
23 km (14 mi) ↗ NE Novosaratovka Gədəbəy 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
23 km (14 mi) ↙ SW Lchap’ Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
25 km (15 mi) ↙ SW Gavarr Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
25 km (15 mi) ↗ NE Böyük Qaramurad Gədəbəy 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
25 km (15 mi) ↙ SW Tsovazard Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
28 km (17 mi) ↓ S Gandzak Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
29 km (18 mi) ↓ S Sarukhan Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
30 km (19 mi) ↑ N Çatax Tovuz District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
31 km (19 mi) ↓ S Lanjaghbyur Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
35 km (21 mi) → E Geghamasar Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
35 km (22 mi) ↓ S Yeranos Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
37 km (23 mi) ↓ S Vardadzor Yerevan 🇦🇲 Armenia
39 km (24 mi) ↓ S Lichk’ Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
39 km (24 mi) ↗ NE Kyadabek Gədəbəy 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
39 km (24 mi) ↗ NE Arıqdam Gədəbəy 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
39 km (24 mi) ↓ S Dzoragyugh Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
39 km (24 mi) ↘ SE Tsovinar Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
40 km (25 mi) ↓ S Nerk’in Getashen Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
40 km (25 mi) ↓ S Vaghashen Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
41 km (25 mi) ↗ NE Çobansığnaq Tovuz District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
41 km (25 mi) ↘ SE Karchaghbyur Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
41 km (25 mi) ↘ SE Vardenik Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
42 km (26 mi) ↓ S Verin Getashen Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
42 km (26 mi) ↓ S Tsovasar Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
42 km (26 mi) ↘ SE Astghadzor Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
42 km (26 mi) ↘ SE Tsovak Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
44 km (27 mi) ↓ S Karanlukh Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
47 km (29 mi) → E Mets Masrik Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
47 km (29 mi) ↓ S Martuni Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
48 km (29 mi) ↘ SE Vardenis Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
48 km (29 mi) ↓ S Madina Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
49 km (30 mi) ↘ SE Akunk’ Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
61 km (38 mi) → E Verkhniy Dashkesan Dashkasan District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
62 km (38 mi) ↗ NE Yukhary-Dashkesan Dashkasan District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
70 km (43 mi) ↘ SE Yeghegis Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
73 km (45 mi) → E Kerbakhiar Kalbajar District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
74 km (46 mi) ↓ S Shatin Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
78 km (49 mi) ↘ SE Vernashen Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
78 km (48 mi) ↘ SE Jermuk Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
79 km (49 mi) ↓ S Zangakatun Ararat Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
80 km (49 mi) ↓ S Aghavnadzor Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
80 km (49 mi) ↓ S Gladzor Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
82 km (51 mi) ↓ S Getap’ Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
82 km (51 mi) ↓ S Yeghegnadzor Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
82 km (51 mi) ↗ NE Yelenendorf Goygol District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
83 km (52 mi) ↓ S Rrind Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
84 km (52 mi) ↘ SE Malishka Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
85 km (52 mi) ↘ SE Agarakadzor Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
87 km (54 mi) ↗ NE Ganja Ganja 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
88 km (54 mi) ↓ S Areni Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
91 km (56 mi) ↘ SE Vayk’ Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
96 km (60 mi) ↘ SE Zarrit’ap’ Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
104 km (65 mi) ↓ S Oğlanqala Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
115 km (71 mi) ↘ SE Angeghakot’ Syunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
115 km (71 mi) ↘ SE Shaghat Syunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
118 km (73 mi) ↓ S Çalxanqala Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
122 km (76 mi) ↘ SE Shahbuz Rayon Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
123 km (76 mi) ↘ SE Brrnakot’ Syunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
123 km (76 mi) ↘ SE Şahbuz Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
124 km (77 mi) ↓ S Qıvraq Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
127 km (78 mi) ↘ SE Hats’avan Syunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
135 km (84 mi) ↘ SE Verishen Syunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
135 km (83 mi) ↘ SE Akner Syunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
138 km (86 mi) ↘ SE Goris Syunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
144 km (89 mi) ↘ SE Shinuhayr Syunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 3 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
103 km (64 mi) ↘ SE Spandaryan Hydro 76.0 MW
132 km (82 mi) ↘ SE Shamb Hydro 170.0 MW
145 km (90 mi) ↘ SE Tatev Hydro 158.0 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 1 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 5.2 earthquake that struck 9 km SSW of Vahan, Armenia on February 05, 2021 15:36:11. 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 5.2 Earthquake Struck 9 km SSW of Vahan, Armenia on February 05, 2021 15:36:11
Date and Time
2021-02-05 15:36:11 (UTC)
Magnitude
5.2 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
12.83 km
Reports
31 people has reported that they felt this earthquake
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