Magnitude 4.2 Earthquake Struck 21 km WNW of Metsavan, Armenia on March 01, 2023 10:52:36

Last Updated: 2023-05-08 02:00:07

On March 01, 2023 10:52:36 an earthquake with magnitude of 4.2 on the richter scale hit 21 km WNW of Metsavan, Armenia. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 10.051 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 44.009° and latitude 41.307°. According to documented reports people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on March 01, 2023 10:52:36 had a magnitude of 4.2 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 Dmanisis Munitsip’alit’et’i in Kvemo Kartli, Georgia, located 11 kilometers or 7 miles ↗ NE of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Metsavan (Lori Region, Armenia) located 21 km (13 mi) → E and Norashen (Lori Region, Armenia) located 30 km (18 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
11 km (7 mi) ↗ NE Dmanisis Munitsip’alit’et’i Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
21 km (13 mi) → E Metsavan Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
30 km (18 mi) → E Norashen Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
30 km (19 mi) → E Tashir Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
32 km (20 mi) ↑ N Tsalka Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
36 km (22 mi) ↖ NW Ts’alk’is Munitsip’alit’et’i Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
41 km (26 mi) → E Urrut Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
42 km (26 mi) ↗ NE Bolnisis Munitsip’alit’et’i Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
43 km (26 mi) ↓ S Amasia Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
45 km (28 mi) ↘ SE Step’anavan Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
46 km (28 mi) ↗ NE T’et’ri Tsqaro Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
46 km (29 mi) ↗ NE Bolnisi Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
48 km (30 mi) ↘ SE Gogaran Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
50 km (31 mi) → E Agarak Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
51 km (31 mi) ↘ SE Sarahart’ Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
51 km (31 mi) ↘ SE Shirakamut Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
52 km (32 mi) ↓ S Shirak Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
52 km (32 mi) ↗ NE Tetrits’q’alos Munitsip’alit’et’i Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
53 km (33 mi) ↑ N Manglisi Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
53 km (33 mi) ↘ SE Mets Parni Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
53 km (32 mi) ↓ S Mayisyan Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
53 km (33 mi) ↓ S Kamo Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
54 km (33 mi) ↘ SE Arevashogh Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
54 km (33 mi) → E Gyulagarak Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
55 km (34 mi) ↓ S Marmashen Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
56 km (34 mi) → E Vardablur Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
57 km (35 mi) ↘ SE Tsaghkaber Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
57 km (35 mi) ↘ SE Spitak Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
57 km (35 mi) → E Odzun Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
58 km (36 mi) ↓ S Gyumri Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
59 km (36 mi) ↘ SE Jrashen Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
59 km (36 mi) ↘ SE Lerrnavan Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
60 km (37 mi) ↓ S Haykavan Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
60 km (37 mi) ↓ S Arrap’i Shirak Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
60 km (37 mi) ↘ SE Bazum Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
60 km (37 mi) → E Alaverdi Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
61 km (37 mi) ↘ SE Lerrnants’k’ Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
62 km (39 mi) ↘ SE Darpas Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
63 km (39 mi) ↗ NE Naghvarevi Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
63 km (39 mi) ↘ SE Lerrnapat Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
64 km (40 mi) → E Akht’ala Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
66 km (41 mi) → E Dsegh Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
67 km (41 mi) → E Vahagni Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
67 km (42 mi) → E Bagratashen Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
68 km (42 mi) → E Yeghegnut Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
69 km (43 mi) ↗ NE Marneuli Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
69 km (42 mi) ↘ SE Vanadzor Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
70 km (43 mi) → E Chochkan Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
70 km (43 mi) ↗ NE Marneulis Munitsip’alit’et’i Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
71 km (44 mi) ↘ SE Gugark’ Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
71 km (44 mi) → E Shnogh Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
74 km (46 mi) → E Archis Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
75 km (47 mi) → E Lorut Lori Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
75 km (47 mi) ↑ N Gori Shida Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
76 km (47 mi) ↑ N Kaspi Shida Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
77 km (48 mi) ↑ N Dzegvi Mtskheta-Mtianeti 🇬🇪 Georgia
81 km (50 mi) ↗ NE Tbilisi Tbilisi 🇬🇪 Georgia
82 km (51 mi) ↖ NW Agara Shida Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
83 km (51 mi) → E Berdavan Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
83 km (51 mi) ↖ NW Khashuri Shida Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
84 km (52 mi) → E Noyemberyan Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
84 km (52 mi) ↑ N Mtskheta Mtskheta-Mtianeti 🇬🇪 Georgia
84 km (52 mi) ↑ N Goris Munitsip’alit’et’i Shida Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
86 km (53 mi) ↗ NE Rust’avi Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
92 km (57 mi) ↗ NE Didi Lilo Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
99 km (61 mi) ↑ N Akhalgori Mtskheta-Mtianeti 🇬🇪 Georgia
111 km (69 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
28 km (17 mi) ↑ N Khrami I Hydroelectric Power Plant Georgia Hydro 112.0 MW
28 km (17 mi) ↑ N Khrami II Hydroelectric Power Plant Georgia Hydro 110.0 MW
79 km (49 mi) ↗ NE Ortachala Hydroelectric Power Plant Georgia Hydro 18.0 MW
84 km (52 mi) ↗ NE Zahesi Hydroelectric Power Plant Georgia Hydro 36.2 MW
88 km (55 mi) ↗ NE Satskhenisi Hydroelectric Power Plant Georgia Hydro 14.0 MW
111 km (69 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 4.2 earthquake that struck 21 km WNW of Metsavan, Armenia on March 01, 2023 10:52:36. 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 4.2 Earthquake Struck 21 km WNW of Metsavan, Armenia on March 01, 2023 10:52:36
Date and Time
2023-03-01 10:52:36 (UTC)
Magnitude
4.2 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
10.051 km
Reports
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