1978 Tabas earthquake

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1978 Tabas earthquake
1978 Tabas earthquake is located in Iran
1978 Tabas earthquake
Tehran
Tehran
Date September 16, 1978 (1978-09-16)
Origin time 15:35:55 UTC [1]
Magnitude 7.4 Mw [1]
Depth 10 km (6.2 mi) [1]
Epicenter 33°13′N 57°29′E / 33.21°N 57.48°E / 33.21; 57.48Coordinates: 33°13′N 57°29′E / 33.21°N 57.48°E / 33.21; 57.48 [1]
Type Dip-slip [2]
Areas affected Iran
Total damage $11 million [2]
Max. intensity IX (Violent) [3]
Peak acceleration .8g [4]
Aftershocks 5.0 Mw Sept 17 at 08:17 [5]
Casualties 15,000 – 25,000 [2]

The 1978 Tabas earthquake occurred on September 16 at 19:05:55 local time in central Iran. The shock measured 7.4 on the moment magnitude scale and had a maximum Mercalli Intensity of IX (Violent). The death toll was in the range of 15,000 – 25,000 with severe effects in the town of Tabas.

Eighty percent of the loss of life occurred in Tabas, but a total of 85 villages were affected. This shock was felt in Tehran, about 610 kilometers (380 mi) away. About 55–85 km (34–53 mi) of ground deformation was observed, with about 1.7 meters (5 ft 7 in) of maximum slip. Only one significant M5 aftershock occurred.[4]

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