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Seismicity will continue in the form of weak and medium earthquakes in the Republic of Armenia and the surrounding territories during the coming days

12:00 / 06.02.2021

On February 5, at 19:36 local time an earthquake of magnitude 4.7 and 10 kilometers depth with the geographic coordinates of 40.53⁰ in northern latitude and 45.32⁰ in eastern longitude on 5th km north-east of Shorzha village, Gegharkunik province, Armenia was registered. The magnitude of the earthquake in the epicenter was 6-7. The earthquake was felt in many settlements of Kotayk, Tavush, Lori and Ararat provinces with the magnitude of 4-6, in Yerevan city with a magnitude of 3-4.

The earthquake was followed with about 60 seismic cases from February 5 to 6 (as of 11:00), 5 of which were M≥2.5 (all earthquakes were weaker than the first quake).

It should be noted that described in the early instrumental period in the epicenter the earthquakes of the magnitude M=5․0 and M=4․8 had occurred accordingly in 1933 and 1947. The Seismological Network of the Territorial Seismic Protection Service of the MES of RA implements round-the-clock seismic monitoring of the Republic of Armenia, Artsakh Republic and nearby territory. In connection with the above-mentioned seismic events, special attention was paid to the current seismic risk assessment. Geophysical and hydrogeochemical data analysis was implemented. According to the latest data from the National Seismic Monitoring Network, the number of abnormal discharges had increased before the earthquake. They are still in process. Taking into account the above-mentioned, it can be concluded that the seismicity will continue in the form of weak and medium earthquakes in the Republic of Armenia and the surrounding territories during the coming days. At the same time, based on the available data, the possibility of strong seismic shocks is small.

The Seismological Network of the Territorial Seismic Protection Service of the MES of RA implements round-the-clock monitoring: the situation will be regularly reported. 

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