1929 Koppeh Dagh earthquake

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1929 Kopet Dag earthquake
1929 Koppeh Dagh earthquake is located in Iran
1929 Koppeh Dagh earthquake
Date 1 May 1929
Magnitude 7.4 Ms
Epicenter 37°48′N 57°36′E / 37.8°N 57.6°E / 37.8; 57.6Coordinates: 37°48′N 57°36′E / 37.8°N 57.6°E / 37.8; 57.6[1]
Countries or regions Iran, Turkmenistan
Casualties 3,800

The 1929 Koppeh Dagh earthquake took place at 15:37 UTC on 1 May 1929, in the Kopet Dag region of Iran. It caused 3,800 casualties along the Turkmenistan-Iran border and devastated the epicentral area.

Damage and casualties[edit]

Within the epicentral area, 3,250 people were killed. Eighty-eight villages in the region were damaged or destroyed, along with damage at Bojnourd. Aftershocks occurred for more than four years after, including one in July 1929 that killed several more people, before finally subsiding in 1933. Fifty-seven diverse locations reported damage, including casualties in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan.[2]

Surface faulting occurred along the Baghan-Germab fault for a length of 50 kilometers (31 mi).[2]


  1. ^ NGDC. "Comments for the Significant Earthquake". Retrieved 29 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b "Today in Earthquake History: May 1". United States Geological Survey. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2009.