ShakeMap (Calculated intensity of this earthquake near Bīrjand):

View ShakeMap, Epicenter and historical seismicity on interactive map

General data about this earthquake:

Time (UTC): 2022-08-26 09:50
Magnitude: 4.5
Depth: 10.0 km (Given depths of 10 km are often provided automatically by earthquake surveys if the exact depth was not located yet.)
Maximum intensity: 5.4 (EMS scale)

Given earthquake data might be preliminary (uncertain) until manual revision by a scientist is done.

Nearby places

City Country Intensity (EMS-98) Population Distance epicenter (km) Effects
Nehbandān IR 3.3 no data available 56.5 weakly felt
Sarbīsheh IR 3.0 no data available 61.3 weakly felt
Bīrjand IR 2.1 197000 116.4 barely felt
Asadīyeh IR 2.0 no data available 102.4 barely felt
Dū Qal‘ah AF 2.0 no data available 137.0 barely felt
Kushkak AF 1.9 no data available 146.0 not felt
Lāsh-e Juwayn AF 1.8 no data available 158.0 not felt
Zābol IR 1.5 122000 181.5 not felt
Anār Darah AF 1.4 10000 174.3 not felt
Dūst Moḩammad Khān IR 1.3 no data available 197.5 not felt

Current earthquake activity near Bīrjand:

Due to lack of data no comparison with long-term trends is possible for this region.


Since 1960, 116 earthquakes larger than Magnitude 4.5 were detected in this region. This makes an average of 1.95 earthquakes larger than M4.5 per year around Bīrjand. Therefore, the general earthquake activity is usually high and quakes of this size have an average recurrence time of approx. 6.2 months (186 days).

Largest earthquakes in this map section* (Bīrjand and nearby)

Date Magnitude Depth (km)
1997-5-10 7.3 10
1979-11-27 7.1 10
1979-1-16 6.7 33
1979-11-14 6.6 33
1994-2-24 6.3 10
1968-9-1 6.2 15
1976-11-7 6.2 13
1994-2-26 6.1 9
1994-2-23 6.1 6
1979-12-7 6.0 31

*Data: USGS (Magnitude 5 +, since 1960). See all historical earthquakes in the interactive map linked above.

What to do in case of an earthquake?

1. No panic.

2. If you are inside a building: Seek shelter under stable furniture (e.g. dining table). Be aware of falling objects. Do not flee the building! Falling roof tiles, bricks, and glass can harm you. After the shaking stops: Turn off the electronical devices. Check gas pipes for leaks. Check for structural damage. Leave your house if you are uncertain. In case of damage: Do not enter the building before a professional safety check! Dangerous aftershocks might follow. Help your neighbors if necessary. If outdoors: Keep away from buildings, try to find open space, crouch down, and cover your head with your arms. Do not run on the streets before checking for cars. Always watch your environment.

3. If you are near the coast: In case of strong or long-lasting shaking evacuate to higher grounds immediately! A tsunami might be possible. Do not wait for official warnings. In areas of a high tsunami threat, follow the evacuation route signs but be aware of possible damaged buildings and landslides on your route. Once reaching a higher / save point, listen to official instructions and warnings.

4. If you are in the mountains or near a steep slope: Watch for rockfalls, landslides, and avalanches. Get away from slopes immediately and protect your head with your arms.

5. Try to help people in need. Take special care of elderly people and children. After the earthquake stopped, confirm that your neighbors, friends, and family are save. Help them, if necessary but do not get yourself into a dangerous situation. Call and wait for professional rescue teams.