Magnitude 4.0 Earthquake Struck Georgia (Sak'art'velo) on September 24, 2023 04:00:07

Last Updated: 2023-09-24 21:45:28

On September 24, 2023 04:00:07 an earthquake with magnitude of 4.0 on the richter scale hit Georgia (Sak'art'velo). The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 10.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 45.050° and latitude 41.811°. According to documented reports 54 people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on September 24, 2023 04:00:07 had a magnitude of 4.0 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 Gardabnis Munitsip’alit’et’i in Kvemo Kartli, Georgia, located 22 kilometers or 13 miles ↓ S of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Sagarejo (Kakheti, Georgia) located 24 km (15 mi) → E and Akhmet’a (Kakheti, Georgia) located 27 km (17 mi) ↑ N of the epicenter.

In total, we found 42 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
22 km (13 mi) ↓ S Gardabnis Munitsip’alit’et’i Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
24 km (15 mi) → E Sagarejo Kakheti 🇬🇪 Georgia
27 km (17 mi) ↑ N Akhmet’a Kakheti 🇬🇪 Georgia
37 km (23 mi) ↗ NE Telavi Kakheti 🇬🇪 Georgia
39 km (24 mi) ↘ SE Gardabani Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
44 km (27 mi) ↗ NE Tsinandali Kakheti 🇬🇪 Georgia
62 km (39 mi) → E Gurjaani Kakheti 🇬🇪 Georgia
64 km (40 mi) ↘ SE Saloğlu Agstafa District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
65 km (40 mi) ↗ NE Qvareli Kakheti 🇬🇪 Georgia
71 km (44 mi) → E Sighnaghis Munitsip’alit’et’i Kakheti 🇬🇪 Georgia
75 km (46 mi) → E Sighnaghi Kakheti 🇬🇪 Georgia
76 km (47 mi) ↘ SE Voskevan Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
79 km (49 mi) → E Tsnori Kakheti 🇬🇪 Georgia
84 km (52 mi) ↘ SE Qazax Qazakh District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
84 km (52 mi) ↘ SE Aghstafa Agstafa District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
86 km (53 mi) ↘ SE Sarigyugh Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
87 km (54 mi) ↗ NE Tsuntinskiy Rayon Republic of Dagestan 🇷🇺 Russia
87 km (54 mi) ↘ SE Vurğun Agstafa District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
92 km (57 mi) ↘ SE Azatamut Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
94 km (58 mi) ↘ SE Aygehovit Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
95 km (59 mi) ↘ SE Parravak’ar Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
96 km (59 mi) ↗ NE Bezhta Republic of Dagestan 🇷🇺 Russia
97 km (60 mi) ↘ SE Khasht’arrak Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
99 km (61 mi) ↘ SE Qaraxanlı Tovuz District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
101 km (63 mi) → E Qabaqçöl Balakan District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
101 km (63 mi) ↗ NE Lagodekhi Kakheti 🇬🇪 Georgia
103 km (64 mi) ↘ SE Tovuz Tovuz District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
104 km (64 mi) ↘ SE Ijevan Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
106 km (66 mi) ↘ SE Dondar Quşçu Tovuz District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
107 km (66 mi) ↘ SE Mosesgegh Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
107 km (66 mi) ↘ SE Navur Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
107 km (66 mi) ↘ SE Berd Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
112 km (70 mi) ↗ NE Tlyarata Republic of Dagestan 🇷🇺 Russia
112 km (70 mi) → E Belokany Balakan District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
113 km (70 mi) ↘ SE Artsvaberd Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
119 km (74 mi) ↘ SE Yanıqlı Tovuz District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
122 km (76 mi) ↘ SE Dzagam Shamkir District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
133 km (83 mi) ↘ SE Dolyar Shamkir District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
135 km (84 mi) ↘ SE Shamkhor Shamkir District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
147 km (91 mi) → E Qırmızı Samux Samukh District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
150 km (93 mi) ↘ SE Qasım İsmayılov Shamkir District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
155 km (96 mi) ↘ SE Qarayeri Samukh District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 5 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
36 km (22 mi) ↘ SE Gardabani OCGT Power Plant Georgia Gas 110.0 MW
37 km (23 mi) ↘ SE Mtkvari Thermal Power Plant Georgia Gas 300.0 MW
37 km (23 mi) ↘ SE Gardabani (Tbilisi) Thermal Power Plant Georgia Gas 840.0 MW
133 km (83 mi) ↘ SE Shamkir Hydro 405.0 MW
142 km (88 mi) → E Yenikend Hydro 150.0 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 2 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 4.0 earthquake that struck Georgia (Sak'art'velo) on September 24, 2023 04:00:07. These types were Gas power plants, 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.

Gas Power

Gas power plants can pose significant risks to people and the environment in their vicinity during earthquakes.

Gas Leaks and Fires

Gas power plants rely on natural gas, which can leak from pipelines and equipment when damaged by seismic activity. These leaks can lead to fires and explosions, endangering people in the plant's vicinity.

Impact on Air Quality

Gas power plants emit pollutants, and fires caused by gas leaks during an earthquake can release harmful substances into the air. This can pose health risks to nearby residents.

Environmental Impact

Gas leaks can also harm the local environment, potentially contaminating soil and water sources.

To mitigate these risks, most modern gas power plants have robust safety measures in place, including gas leak detection systems, emergency response plans, and communication protocols to alert nearby communities in case of an incident. Additionally, local authorities should conduct risk assessments and ensure that emergency services are well-prepared to respond to potential hazards posed by gas power plants during earthquakes.

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 4.0 Earthquake Struck Georgia (Sak'art'velo) on September 24, 2023 04:00:07
Date and Time
2023-09-24 04:00:07 (UTC)
Magnitude
4.0 Magnitude (richter scle)
Depth
10.0 km
Reports
54 people has reported that they felt this earthquake
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