Written by on . Last updated April 17th, 2024.

In the morning of Friday March 22nd, 2024, a shallow and significant MAG-5.1 earthquake hit under land 155 kilometer from Osh in Kyrgyzstan. Other nearby countries are Uzbekistan, Tajikistan and Afghanistan.

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Earthquake Summary

The earthquake struck on land in Kyrgyzstan, 155 kilometer (96 mi) south-southwest of Osh. The center of this earthquake had a very shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes usually have a larger impact than earthquakes deep in the earth.

Date and Time: Mar 22, 2024 09:47 (Bishkek Time)
- Mar 22, 2024 03:47 Universal Time.
Location: 183 km south of Namangan, Uzbekistan.
Coordinates 39°21'31"N 71°48'56"E.
Map: Map of area around epicenter.
Map of area around epicenter. Click to open in Google Maps.
Magnitude: MAG 5.1
Detected by 251 stations. Maximum Error Range ±0.036 .
Depth: 10 km (6 mi)
A very shallow depth.
Tsunami Risk: Tsunami very unlikely
While this was a shallow earthquake, it appears to have occurred under land with a magnitude not strong enough to cause tsunami's.
Always stay cautious - More info here.

Nearby towns and cities

This earthquake struck within proximity of multiple countries. Kyrgyzstan , Uzbekistan , Tajikistan and Afghanistan are all within 300km distance of its epicenter.

The closest significant population center near the earthquake is Kyzyl-Kyya in Batken, Kyrgyzstan. Kyzyl-Kyya is located 103 kilometer (64 mi) south-southwest of the epicenter.

Multiple major population centers exist within 300km of the earthquake that struck today. Dushanbe is located 278 km to the west-southwest. Namangan is located 183 km to the north. Andijon is located 165 km to the north-northeast.

The table below provides an overview of all places in proximity of today's earthquake.

Overview of nearby places

Distance Place
103 km (64 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Kyzyl-Kyya

Batken, Kyrgyzstan.
104 km (65 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Iradan

Batken, Kyrgyzstan.
105 km (65 mi)
N from epicenter
Quvasoy

Fergana, Uzbekistan.
114 km (71 mi)
N from epicenter
Fergana

Fergana, Uzbekistan.
119 km (74 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Oltiariq

Fergana, Uzbekistan.
120 km (75 mi)
N from epicenter
Kirguli

Fergana, Uzbekistan.
124 km (77 mi)
N from epicenter
Marg‘ilon

Fergana, Uzbekistan.
124 km (77 mi)
N from epicenter
Toshloq

Fergana, Uzbekistan.
131 km (81 mi)
N from epicenter
Quva

Fergana, Uzbekistan.
133 km (83 mi)
NW from epicenter
Isfara

Sughd, Tajikistan.
142 km (88 mi)
NW from epicenter
Yaypan

Fergana, Uzbekistan.
147 km (91 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Asaka

Andijon, Uzbekistan.
150 km (93 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Qo‘qon

Fergana, Uzbekistan.
155 km (96 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Osh

Osh, Kyrgyzstan.
157 km (98 mi)
NW from epicenter
Konibodom

Sughd, Tajikistan.
158 km (98 mi)
NW from epicenter
Beshariq

Fergana, Uzbekistan.
159 km (99 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Xo‘jaobod

Andijon, Uzbekistan.
165 km (103 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Andijon

Andijon, Uzbekistan.
173 km (107 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Qo‘rg‘ontepa

Andijon, Uzbekistan.
174 km (108 mi)
N from epicenter
Toshbuloq

Namangan, Uzbekistan.
174 km (108 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Kara Suu

Osh, Kyrgyzstan.
175 km (109 mi)
N from epicenter
Haqqulobod

Namangan, Uzbekistan.
179 km (111 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Pop

Namangan, Uzbekistan.
181 km (112 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Oyim

Andijon, Uzbekistan.
183 km (114 mi)
N from epicenter
Namangan

Namangan, Uzbekistan.
184 km (114 mi)
N from epicenter
To‘rqao‘rg‘on

Namangan, Uzbekistan.
184 km (114 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Dardoq

Andijon, Uzbekistan.
185 km (115 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Sultonobod

Andijon, Uzbekistan.
189 km (117 mi)
NNW from epicenter
Chust

Namangan, Uzbekistan.
190 km (118 mi)
N from epicenter
Chortoq

Namangan, Uzbekistan.
192 km (119 mi)
N from epicenter
Uychi

Namangan, Uzbekistan.
195 km (121 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Kochkor-Ata

Jalal-Abad, Kyrgyzstan.
196 km (122 mi)
N from epicenter
Uchqŭrghon Shahri

Namangan, Uzbekistan.
200 km (124 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Qayroqqum

Sughd, Tajikistan.
201 km (125 mi)
NE from epicenter
Uzgen

Osh, Kyrgyzstan.
202 km (126 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Jalal-Abad

Jalal-Abad, Kyrgyzstan.
203 km (126 mi)
NNE from epicenter
Bazar-Korgon

Jalal-Abad, Kyrgyzstan.
204 km (127 mi)
N from epicenter
Yangiqo‘rg‘on

Namangan, Uzbekistan.
206 km (128 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Buston

Sughd, Tajikistan.
209 km (130 mi)
S from epicenter
Khorugh

Gorno-Badakhshan, Tajikistan.
211 km (131 mi)
N from epicenter
Kosonsoy

Namangan, Uzbekistan.
214 km (133 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Khujand

Sughd, Tajikistan.
233 km (145 mi)
NW from epicenter
Angren

Toshkent, Uzbekistan.
238 km (148 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Bekobod

Toshkent, Uzbekistan.
239 km (149 mi)
SW from epicenter
Kŭlob

Khatlon, Tajikistan.
249 km (155 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Istaravshan

Sughd, Tajikistan.
251 km (156 mi)
NW from epicenter
Olmaliq

Toshkent, Uzbekistan.
258 km (160 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Vahdat

Republican Subordination, Tajikistan.
272 km (169 mi)
SSW from epicenter
Fayzabad

Badakhshan, Afghanistan.
278 km (173 mi)
WSW from epicenter
Dushanbe

Dushanbe, Tajikistan.
287 km (178 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Guliston

Sirdaryo Region, Uzbekistan.
297 km (185 mi)
WNW from epicenter
Dashtobod

Jizzax viloyati, Uzbekistan.
Cities and Towns around the epicenter of this earthquake.

Shaking reported by 2 people

People that feel an earthquake may report their experience to the US Geographic Survey. Currently, 2 people have reported shaking in 2 places in Kyrgyzstan.We keep updating this article as more ground reports become available. You may report that you felt this earthquake here.

Places with most reports:

  • Celalabad, Celalabad, Kyrgyzstan: 1 person.
  • Karakol, Talas, Kyrgyzstan: 1 person.

Risk of aftershocks?

We monitor for foreshocks or aftershocks that have a magnitude of 2.5+ and occur within 100km (62 mi) of the epicenter of this earthquake. So far no such earthquakes have been detected.

Aftershocks are usually at least 1 order of magnitude less strong than main shocks. The more time passes, the smaller the chance and likely strength of any potential aftershocks.

In only six percent of cases, significant earthquakes are followed by a larger main shock, making the current earthquake a foreshock. While the chance of this happening is not so large, it is adviced to maintain cautiousness in the hours and days following a major earthquake.

Read: How to Stay Safe during an Earthquake (cdc.gov).

Earthquakes like this happen often in the region

Earthquakes of this strength are very common in the region. This is the strongest earthquake to hit since November 13th, 2023, when a 5.3 magnitude earthquake hit 102 km (63 mi) further south-southeast. An even stronger magnitude 7.2 earthquake struck on December 7th, 2015.

In total, 33 earthquakes with a magnitude of 5.1 or higher have been registered within 300km (186 mi) of this epicenter in the past 10 years. This comes down to an average of once every 4 months.

Tsunami very unlikely

DISCLAIMER: We strongly suggest to closely monitor advice from local authorities with regards to tsunami risks. Our analysis is based on automatically collected data from external sources, and these might contain mistakes. In addition, earthquakes can cause landslides that may lead to a tsunami, or be a followed by another, potentially stonger, earthquake.

While MAG-6.5+ earthquakes may cause tsunami's, it appears that the epicenter of this earthquake hit under land. In addition, the reported depth is deeper than 100km, making the risk of a tsunami even less likely. However always stay cautious and monitor advice from local authorities.

Tsunami Risk Factors

Factor Under Sea? MAG-6.5 or stronger? Shallow depth?
Explanation Almost all tsunami's are caused by earthquakes with their epicenter under sea or very near the sea. However stay cautious in coastal areas as earthquakes on land may cause landslides into sea, potentially still causing a local tsunami. Under MAG 6.5: Very unlikely to cause a tsunami.
MAG 6.5 to 7.5: Destructive tsunami's do occur, but are uncommon. Likely to observe small sea level changes.
MAG 7.6+: Earthquakes with these magnitudes might produce destructive tsunami's.
Most destructive tsunami's are caused by shallow earthquakes with a depth between 0 and 100km under the surface of the earth. Deeper tsunami's are unlikely to displace to ocean floor.
This Earthquake Not this earthquake.
This earthquake appears to have struck on land far from any coast.
Not this earthquake.
This earthquake had a magnitude of 5.1. Earthquakes of this strength are unlikely to trigger a tsunami.
This earthquake occurred at a depth of of 10 km (6 mi). Earthquakes this shallow could trigger a tsunami.

Sources

Last updated 17/04/24 04:08 (). This article contains currently available information about the earthquake and is automatically composed. We continue to update this article up to a few days after the earthquake occurred.

  1. US Geographic Society (USGS): Earthquake us6000mkeg
  2. European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC): Earthquake 20240322_0000047
  3. Geonames.org: World Cities Database
  4. Google Maps: Static API
  5. Earthquakelist.org: Historic Earthquakes Database

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