Magnitude 4.4 Earthquake Struck 16 km ENE of Zarrit’ap’, Armenia on January 23, 2021 13:22:30

Last Updated: 2021-04-13 17:07:13

On January 23, 2021 13:22:30 an earthquake with magnitude of 4.4 on the richter scale hit 16 km ENE of Zarrit’ap’, Armenia. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 10.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 45.696° and latitude 39.673°. 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 23, 2021 13:22:30 had a magnitude of 4.4 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 Zarrit’ap’ in Vayots Dzor Region, Armenia, located 16 kilometers or 10 miles ↙ SW of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Jermuk (Vayots Dzor Region, Armenia) located 18 km (11 mi) ↖ NW and Vayk’ (Vayots Dzor Region, Armenia) located 19 km (12 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
16 km (10 mi) ↙ SW Zarrit’ap’ Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
18 km (11 mi) ↖ NW Jermuk Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
19 km (12 mi) ← W Vayk’ Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
22 km (13 mi) → E Shaghat Syunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
24 km (15 mi) → E Angeghakot’ Syunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
26 km (16 mi) ← W Malishka Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
29 km (18 mi) ← W Agarakadzor Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
30 km (19 mi) → E Brrnakot’ Syunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
30 km (18 mi) ↓ S Shahbuz Rayon Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
31 km (19 mi) ← W Vernashen Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
31 km (19 mi) ↓ S Şahbuz Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
32 km (20 mi) ← W Yeghegnadzor Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
32 km (19 mi) ← W Gladzor Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
33 km (20 mi) → E Hats’avan Syunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
34 km (21 mi) ← W Getap’ Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
36 km (22 mi) ← W Yeghegis Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
38 km (23 mi) ← W Shatin Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
41 km (26 mi) ← W Aghavnadzor Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
43 km (27 mi) ↙ SW Çalxanqala Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
44 km (27 mi) ← W Areni Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
45 km (28 mi) ← W Rrind Vayots Dzor Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
54 km (33 mi) → E Akner Syunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
54 km (33 mi) ↑ N Akunk’ Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
55 km (34 mi) → E Verishen Syunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
55 km (34 mi) ↖ NW Vardenik Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
56 km (35 mi) ↖ NW Tsovak Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
56 km (34 mi) ↖ NW Karchaghbyur Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
56 km (35 mi) ↑ N Vardenis Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
56 km (35 mi) ↙ SW Oğlanqala Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
56 km (35 mi) ↑ N Kerbakhiar Kalbajar District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
57 km (35 mi) ↖ NW Tsovinar Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
57 km (35 mi) ↖ NW Astghadzor Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
58 km (36 mi) ↙ SW Qıvraq Nakhchivan Autonomous Republic 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
58 km (36 mi) → E Goris Syunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
58 km (36 mi) ← W Zangakatun Ararat Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
58 km (36 mi) ↖ NW Madina Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
59 km (36 mi) ↖ NW Martuni Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
59 km (36 mi) → E Shinuhayr Syunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
59 km (36 mi) ↖ NW Karanlukh Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
60 km (37 mi) ↖ NW Vaghashen Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
61 km (37 mi) ↑ N Mets Masrik Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
63 km (39 mi) ↖ NW Nerk’in Getashen Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
63 km (39 mi) ↖ NW Verin Getashen Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
66 km (41 mi) ↖ NW Lichk’ Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
67 km (41 mi) ↖ NW Tsovasar Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
70 km (43 mi) ↖ NW Dzoragyugh Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
70 km (44 mi) ↖ NW Geghamasar Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
71 km (44 mi) ↖ NW Vardadzor Yerevan 🇦🇲 Armenia
73 km (45 mi) ↖ NW Yeranos Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
81 km (50 mi) ↖ NW Lanjaghbyur Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
83 km (52 mi) ↖ NW Sarukhan Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
86 km (54 mi) ↖ NW Gandzak Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
89 km (55 mi) ↖ NW Noratus Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
90 km (55 mi) ↖ NW Gavarr Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
96 km (60 mi) ↖ NW Arıqıran Gədəbəy 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
96 km (60 mi) ↑ N Verkhniy Dashkesan Dashkasan District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
100 km (62 mi) ↑ N Kyadabek Gədəbəy 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
100 km (62 mi) ↑ N Yukhary-Dashkesan Dashkasan District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
100 km (62 mi) ↖ NW Böyük Qaramurad Gədəbəy 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
101 km (63 mi) ↖ NW Lchap’ Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
102 km (63 mi) ↑ N Arıqdam Gədəbəy 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
103 km (64 mi) ↖ NW Novosaratovka Gədəbəy 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
103 km (64 mi) ↖ NW Vahan Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
104 km (65 mi) ↖ NW Tsovazard Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
106 km (66 mi) ↖ NW Chambarak Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
106 km (66 mi) ↖ NW Drakhtik Gegharkunik Province 🇦🇲 Armenia
114 km (71 mi) ↑ N Yelenendorf Goygol District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
117 km (73 mi) ↖ NW Çatax Tovuz District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
119 km (74 mi) ↑ N Çobansığnaq Tovuz District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
125 km (78 mi) ↑ N Ganja Ganja 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan

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
13 km (8 mi) → E Spandaryan Hydro 76.0 MW
43 km (26 mi) → E Shamb Hydro 170.0 MW
57 km (35 mi) → E Tatev Hydro 158.0 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 1 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 4.4 earthquake that struck 16 km ENE of Zarrit’ap’, Armenia on January 23, 2021 13:22:30. 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 4.4 Earthquake Struck 16 km ENE of Zarrit’ap’, Armenia on January 23, 2021 13:22:30
Date and Time
2021-01-23 13:22:30 (UTC)
Magnitude
4.4 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
10.0 km
Reports
1 people has reported that they felt this earthquake
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