Magnitude 4.2 Earthquake Struck 41 km N of Özalp, Turkey on April 13, 2012 00:04:50

Last Updated: 2014-11-07 01:47:30

On April 13, 2012 00:04:50 an earthquake with magnitude of 4.2 on the richter scale hit 41 km N of Özalp, Turkey. The earthquake originated at a depth of approximately 5.0 kilometers below the Earth's surface on longitude 44.040° and latitude 39.030°. According to documented reports people felt the earth quake, No tsunami was triggered due to the earthquake.

Magnitude & Depth

The earthquake that appeared on April 13, 2012 00:04:50 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 Çaldıran in Van, Turkey, located 16 kilometers or 10 miles ↖ NW of the earthquake's epicenter. Other cities in close proximity include Muradiye (Van, Turkey) located 25 km (15 mi) ↙ SW and Chaldoran (West Azarbaijan, Iran) located 25 km (15 mi) ↗ NE of the epicenter.

In total, we found 18 cities in our database that might have been impacted by the earthquake.

Distance Direction City State Country
16 km (10 mi) ↖ NW Çaldıran Van 🇹🇷 Turkey
25 km (15 mi) ↙ SW Muradiye Van 🇹🇷 Turkey
25 km (15 mi) ↗ NE Chaldoran West Azarbaijan 🇮🇷 Iran
28 km (17 mi) ↗ NE Siah Cheshmeh West Azarbaijan 🇮🇷 Iran
33 km (20 mi) ↑ N Avajiq West Azarbaijan 🇮🇷 Iran
41 km (26 mi) ↓ S Özalp Van 🇹🇷 Turkey
43 km (27 mi) ↘ SE Saray Van 🇹🇷 Turkey
52 km (32 mi) → E Zurabad West Azarbaijan 🇮🇷 Iran
64 km (40 mi) ↗ NE Showt West Azarbaijan 🇮🇷 Iran
69 km (43 mi) ↘ SE Qotur West Azarbaijan 🇮🇷 Iran
74 km (46 mi) ↗ NE Tazakand Ardabil 🇮🇷 Iran
77 km (48 mi) ↗ NE Marganlar West Azarbaijan 🇮🇷 Iran
85 km (53 mi) → E Firuraq West Azarbaijan 🇮🇷 Iran
92 km (57 mi) → E Khoy West Azarbaijan 🇮🇷 Iran
95 km (59 mi) → E Khowy West Azarbaijan 🇮🇷 Iran
109 km (68 mi) ↓ S Başkale Van 🇹🇷 Turkey
110 km (68 mi) ↘ SE Taze Shar West Azarbaijan 🇮🇷 Iran
112 km (69 mi) ↘ SE Salmas West Azarbaijan 🇮🇷 Iran

Nearby Power Plants

We found a total 1 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
102 km (63 mi) → E Khuy Gas 348.0 MW

Power Plants & Risks During Earthquakes

We found 1 types of power plants in the vecinity of the magnitude 4.2 earthquake that struck 41 km N of Özalp, Turkey on April 13, 2012 00:04:50. These types were Gas 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.

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 4.2 Earthquake Struck 41 km N of Özalp, Turkey on April 13, 2012 00:04:50
Date and Time
2012-04-13 00:04:50 (UTC)
4.2 Magnitude (richter scle)
5.0 km
0 people has reported that they felt this earthquake
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