Magnitude 4.8 Earthquake Struck 21 km W of Metsavan, Armenia on August 16, 2021 01:44:05

Last Updated: 2021-10-29 14:46:19

On August 16, 2021 01:44:05 an earthquake with magnitude of 4.8 on the richter scale hit 21 km W of Metsavan, Armenia. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 10.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 43.972° and latitude 41.169°. According to documented reports 27 people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on August 16, 2021 01:44:05 had a magnitude of 4.8 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 Metsavan in Lori Region, Armenia, located 21 kilometers or 13 miles ↗ NE of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Dmanisis Munitsip’alit’et’i (Kvemo Kartli, Georgia) located 24 km (15 mi) ↑ N and Tashir (Lori Region, Armenia) located 26 km (16 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
21 km (13 mi) ↗ NE Metsavan Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
24 km (15 mi) ↑ N Dmanisis Munitsip’alit’et’i Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
26 km (16 mi) → E Tashir Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
28 km (17 mi) ↓ S Amasia Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
30 km (18 mi) ↗ NE Norashen Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
36 km (22 mi) ↘ SE Gogaran Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
36 km (22 mi) ↓ S Shirak Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
37 km (23 mi) ↓ S Mayisyan Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
37 km (23 mi) → E Urrut Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
37 km (23 mi) ↘ SE Shirakamut Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
38 km (24 mi) ↘ SE Mets Parni Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
38 km (24 mi) → E Step’anavan Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
38 km (24 mi) ↘ SE Sarahart’ Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
38 km (23 mi) ↓ S Kamo Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
40 km (25 mi) ↓ S Marmashen Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
42 km (26 mi) ↘ SE Arevashogh Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
42 km (26 mi) ↘ SE Tsaghkaber Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
43 km (26 mi) ↓ S Gyumri Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
44 km (27 mi) ↓ S Haykavan Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
44 km (27 mi) ↘ SE Spitak Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
45 km (28 mi) → E Agarak Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
45 km (28 mi) ↓ S Arrap’i Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
45 km (28 mi) ↘ SE Lerrnavan Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
45 km (28 mi) ↘ SE Jrashen Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
47 km (29 mi) → E Gyulagarak Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
48 km (30 mi) ↑ N Tsalka Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
48 km (30 mi) ↘ SE Lerrnants’k’ Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
50 km (31 mi) → E Vardablur Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
50 km (31 mi) ↗ NE Bolnisis Munitsip’alit’et’i Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
51 km (32 mi) ↖ NW Ts’alk’is Munitsip’alit’et’i Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
51 km (32 mi) → E Bazum Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
52 km (32 mi) ↘ SE Lerrnapat Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
53 km (32 mi) → E Darpas Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
55 km (34 mi) → E Odzun Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
56 km (35 mi) ↗ NE Bolnisi Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
58 km (36 mi) ↑ N T’et’ri Tsqaro Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
59 km (36 mi) → E Alaverdi Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
59 km (37 mi) → E Vanadzor Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
60 km (37 mi) → E Vahagni Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
61 km (38 mi) → E Dsegh Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
62 km (38 mi) → E Yeghegnut Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
62 km (38 mi) → E Gugark’ Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
65 km (40 mi) ↑ N Tetrits’q’alos Munitsip’alit’et’i Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
65 km (40 mi) ↗ NE Akht’ala Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
68 km (42 mi) ↑ N Manglisi Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
69 km (42 mi) ↗ NE Naghvarevi Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
71 km (44 mi) ↗ NE Bagratashen Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
71 km (44 mi) → E Lorut Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
71 km (44 mi) ↗ NE Chochkan Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
72 km (45 mi) → E Shnogh Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
75 km (47 mi) → E Archis Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
77 km (48 mi) ↗ NE Marneuli Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
77 km (47 mi) ↗ NE Marneulis Munitsip’alit’et’i Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
85 km (53 mi) ↗ NE Noyemberyan Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
86 km (53 mi) ↗ NE Berdavan Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
91 km (56 mi) ↑ N Gori Shida Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
91 km (56 mi) ↑ N Dzegvi Mtskheta-Mtianeti 🇬🇪 Georgia
92 km (57 mi) ↗ NE Tbilisi Tbilisi 🇬🇪 Georgia
92 km (57 mi) ↑ N Kaspi Shida Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
95 km (59 mi) ↗ NE Rust’avi Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
96 km (60 mi) ↖ NW Khashuri Shida Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
97 km (60 mi) ↖ NW Agara Shida Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
97 km (60 mi) ↑ N Mtskheta Mtskheta-Mtianeti 🇬🇪 Georgia
100 km (62 mi) ↑ N Goris Munitsip’alit’et’i Shida Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
104 km (64 mi) ↗ NE Didi Lilo Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
114 km (71 mi) ↑ N Akhalgori Mtskheta-Mtianeti 🇬🇪 Georgia
126 km (78 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
43 km (27 mi) ↑ N Khrami II Hydroelectric Power Plant Georgia Hydro 110.0 MW
44 km (27 mi) ↑ N Khrami I Hydroelectric Power Plant Georgia Hydro 112.0 MW
91 km (56 mi) ↗ NE Ortachala Hydroelectric Power Plant Georgia Hydro 18.0 MW
97 km (60 mi) ↑ N Zahesi Hydroelectric Power Plant Georgia Hydro 36.2 MW
99 km (62 mi) ↗ NE Satskhenisi Hydroelectric Power Plant Georgia Hydro 14.0 MW
126 km (78 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 4.8 earthquake that struck 21 km W of Metsavan, Armenia on August 16, 2021 01:44:05. 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 4.8 Earthquake Struck 21 km W of Metsavan, Armenia on August 16, 2021 01:44:05
Date and Time
2021-08-16 01:44:05 (UTC)
Magnitude
4.8 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
10.0 km
Reports
27 people has reported that they felt this earthquake
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