1929 Kopet Dag earthquake

The 1929 Kopet Dag earthquake (also called the 1929 Koppeh Dagh earthquake) took place at 15:37 UTC on 1 May with a moment magnitude of 7.2 and a maximum Mercalli intensity of IX (Violent). It occurred in the Kopet Dag area of Iran and caused up to 3,800 casualties along the Turkmenistan-Iran border. More than 1,100 were injured.

1929 Kopet Dag earthquake
1929 Kopet Dag earthquake is located in Iran
1929 Kopet Dag earthquake
UTC time1929-05-01 15:37:36
ISC event908052
Local date1 May 1929
Local time20:37:36
Magnitude7.2 Mw [1]
Depth10 km (6.2 mi) [1]
Epicenter38°07′N 57°44′E / 38.12°N 57.74°ECoordinates: 38°07′N 57°44′E / 38.12°N 57.74°E [1]
TypeOblique-thrust [2]
Areas affectedIran, Turkmenistan
Max. intensityIX (Violent) [3]
Casualties3,257–3,800 [4]
1,121 injured [4]

Damage and casualties

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. Surface faulting occurred along the Baghan-Germab fault for a length of 50 kilometers (31 mi).[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b c ISC (2015), ISC-GEM Global Instrumental Earthquake Catalogue (1900–2009), Version 2.0, International Seismological Centre
  2. ^ Ambraseys, N. N.; Melville, C. P. (2005), A History of Persian Earthquakes, Cambridge University Press, p. 78, ISBN 978-0521021876
  3. ^ Berberian, M. (2014), Earthquakes and Coseismic Surface Faulting on the Iranian Plateau, Developments in Earth Surface Processes (1st ed.), Elsevier, p. 595, ISBN 978-0444632920
  4. ^ a b USGS (September 4, 2009), PAGER-CAT Earthquake Catalog, Version 2008_06.1, United States Geological Survey
  5. ^ "Today in Earthquake History: May 1". United States Geological Survey. 16 July 2008. Retrieved 24 January 2009.

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1929 in the Soviet Union

The following lists events that happened during 1929 in the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics.

Baghan, North Khorasan

Baghan (Persian: باغان‎, also Romanized as Bāghān, Bāghīn, and Bāqān) is a village in Howmeh Rural District, in the Central District of Shirvan County, North Khorasan Province, Iran. At the 2006 census, its population was 528, in 161 families. Baghan was near the epicenter of the 1929 Kopet Dag earthquake.


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