Magnitude 4.0 Earthquake Struck 7 km WNW of Tovuz, Azerbaijan on October 03, 2014 09:45:09

Last Updated: 2014-12-23 01:41:59

On October 03, 2014 09:45:09 an earthquake with magnitude of 4.0 on the richter scale hit 7 km WNW of Tovuz, Azerbaijan. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 34.27 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 45.546° and latitude 41.027°. According to documented reports 0 people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on October 03, 2014 09:45:09 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 Tovuz in Tovuz District, Azerbaijan, located 7 kilometers or 4 miles → E of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Qaraxanlı (Tovuz District, Azerbaijan) located 9 km (5 mi) ↗ NE and Vurğun (Agstafa District, Azerbaijan) located 9 km (6 mi) ↖ NW 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
7 km (4 mi) → E Tovuz Tovuz District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
9 km (5 mi) ↗ NE Qaraxanlı Tovuz District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
9 km (6 mi) ↖ NW Vurğun Agstafa District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
10 km (6 mi) ↘ SE Dondar Quşçu Tovuz District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
12 km (7 mi) ↖ NW Aghstafa Agstafa District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
14 km (8 mi) ↓ S Mosesgegh Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
15 km (9 mi) ↙ SW Parravak’ar Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
16 km (10 mi) ← W Qazax Qazakh District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
20 km (12 mi) ↓ S Berd Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
21 km (13 mi) ↓ S Artsvaberd Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
23 km (14 mi) ↘ SE Yanıqlı Tovuz District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
24 km (15 mi) ↓ S Navur Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
25 km (15 mi) ↙ SW Aygehovit Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
30 km (19 mi) ↙ SW Azatamut Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
31 km (19 mi) → E Dzagam Shamkir District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
31 km (19 mi) ↖ NW Saloğlu Agstafa District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
32 km (19 mi) ↙ SW Khasht’arrak Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
33 km (20 mi) ← W Sarigyugh Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
37 km (23 mi) ↙ SW Ijevan Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
41 km (25 mi) ← W Voskevan Tavush Region 🇦🇲 Armenia
44 km (27 mi) → E Dolyar Shamkir District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
45 km (28 mi) → E Shamkhor Shamkir District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
61 km (38 mi) ↖ NW Gardabani Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
64 km (40 mi) → E Qasım İsmayılov Shamkir District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
65 km (40 mi) ↑ N Sighnaghis Munitsip’alit’et’i Kakheti 🇬🇪 Georgia
69 km (43 mi) → E Qarayeri Samukh District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
70 km (43 mi) → E Qırmızı Samux Samukh District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
73 km (45 mi) ↑ N Sighnaghi Kakheti 🇬🇪 Georgia
74 km (46 mi) ↑ N Tsnori Kakheti 🇬🇪 Georgia
79 km (49 mi) ↖ NW Gardabnis Munitsip’alit’et’i Kvemo Kartli 🇬🇪 Georgia
80 km (50 mi) ↖ NW Sagarejo Kakheti 🇬🇪 Georgia
82 km (51 mi) ↑ N Gurjaani Kakheti 🇬🇪 Georgia
96 km (59 mi) ↑ N Tsinandali Kakheti 🇬🇪 Georgia
99 km (61 mi) ↖ NW Telavi Kakheti 🇬🇪 Georgia
100 km (62 mi) ↑ N Qabaqçöl Balakan District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
105 km (65 mi) ↑ N Qvareli Kakheti 🇬🇪 Georgia
105 km (65 mi) ↑ N Belokany Balakan District 🇦🇿 Azerbaijan
107 km (67 mi) ↑ N Lagodekhi Kakheti 🇬🇪 Georgia
115 km (71 mi) ↖ NW Akhmet’a Kakheti 🇬🇪 Georgia
132 km (82 mi) ↑ N Bezhta Republic of Dagestan 🇷🇺 Russia
132 km (82 mi) ↑ N Tsuntinskiy Rayon Republic of Dagestan 🇷🇺 Russia
137 km (85 mi) ↑ N Tlyarata Republic of Dagestan 🇷🇺 Russia

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
52 km (32 mi) → E Shamkir Hydro 405.0 MW
63 km (39 mi) → E Yenikend Hydro 150.0 MW
63 km (39 mi) ↖ NW Gardabani (Tbilisi) Thermal Power Plant Georgia Gas 840.0 MW
63 km (39 mi) ↖ NW Mtkvari Thermal Power Plant Georgia Gas 300.0 MW
64 km (39 mi) ↖ NW Gardabani OCGT Power Plant Georgia Gas 110.0 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 2 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 4.0 earthquake that struck 7 km WNW of Tovuz, Azerbaijan on October 03, 2014 09:45:09. 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 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.


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.


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 7 km WNW of Tovuz, Azerbaijan on October 03, 2014 09:45:09
Date and Time
2014-10-03 09:45:09 (UTC)
4.0 Magnitude (richter scle)
34.27 km
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