M 5.8 in Islamic Republic of Iran on 18 Jan 2023 10:08 UTC

Event summary

This earthquake can have a medium humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.

GDACS ID EQ 1354791
Earthquake Magnitude: 5.8M
Depth: 10 Km
Lat/Lon: 38.4114 , 44.9348
Event Date: 18 Jan 2023 10:08 UTC
18 Jan 2023 13:38 Local
Exposed Population: Less then 100 people in MMI X
30 thousand (in MMI>=VII)
Inserted at: 18 Jan 2023 10:28 UTC
INFORM Coping capacity:
4.6 (Islamic Republic of Iran)

GDACS Score

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  Earthquake
(Shakemap)
GDACS score
NEIC 1.3 1.3
us7000j56z Scaled population (raster) 3.29  
  C1 shakemap 0.11  
  C2 shakemap 0.4  
  Country Vulnerability 0  
  INFORM_normalised 0.94  
Maximum expected impact using different data sources.
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Iran - Earthquake (ECHO 19 Jan 2023)Thu, 19 Jan 2023 11:07

  • An earthquake of 5.8 M at a depth of 10 km occurred in north-western Iran (near the border with eastern Türkiye) on 18 January at 10:08 UTC (13:38 local time). The epicentre was located inland approximately 13 km south of Khoy City (Khoy County, West Azerbaijan Province). USGS PAGER estimates that up to 28,000 people were exposed to very strong shaking and up to 294,000 people to strong shaking.
  • The earthquake was followed by an aftershock of 4.4 M at a depth of 18 km occurred in the same area approximately 11 km north-west of the epicentre of the main event.
  • The Islamic Republic News Agency (IRNA) reports, as of 19 January, 194 injured people and around 500 damaged houses across the area of Firoraq City and Khoy City (both in Khoy County).
  • The responsible authorities are currently providing relief items and tents to the affected population in the West Azerbaijan Province.
M5.8 in Islamic Republic of Iran - EC/ECHO daily mapThu, 19 Jan 2023 17:34

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Detailed event map. European Union, 2023. Map produced by EC-JRC.
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Estimated casualties (PAGER)

USGS estimates the number of casualties for each earthquake for the Prompt Assessment of Global Earthquakes for Response (PAGER) product.
The graph shows the current fatalities estimate.

Exposed population

Data, images, links, services and documents

For this events, GDACS has links to information from the following sources: EC-JRC (50), (3), NEIC (4), OCHA (1), INGV (1), DesInventar (1), WMO (1), USGS (5), INFORM (2),