Quake in Zagatala leaves no casualties

By: Nazrin Gadimova

A strong earthquake hitting the Zagatala region in Azerbaijan on June 30 left no victims, the deputy head of the city executive power and chairman of the Commission for Emergencies Elman Ramazanov said.

The quake was recorded 14 kilometers away from south-west of Zagatala at 22:26 local time, ANAS Republic Seismological Service Center reported.

Severe tremors of magnitude 6 with the epicenter in the depth of 12 kilometers were felt in the nearby settlements, preliminary information shows.

“No destructions and casualties were reported as a result of the earthquake that occurred in Zagatala,” Elman Ramazanov said. “We are all at our workplaces, and exploration of the city and the surrounding villages are underway.”

As was previously reported, people stayed on the streets for some time after the earthquake and mobile communication failures were fixed for a short time. Interruptions in the supply of electricity, gas, and water were not observed.

Azerbaijan and its part of the Caucasus Mountains are located at the junction of the South Arabic and North Eurasian tectonic plates. These plates are always moving, thus causing earthquakes in the country’s territory.

Seismically dangerous zones in Azerbaijan are the Shamakhi-Ismayilli, Zagatala, Sheki, Bilasuvar-Jalilabad regions, as well as the northern and southern part of the Absheron Peninsula which encompasses Baku and its surrounding districts.

Experts believe that from a seismic point of view, Azerbaijan is located in a very hazardous zone due to the compression of the Arabic tectonic plate. The compression causes quakes, volcanoes, and cracks. All these pose great danger for Azerbaijani infrastructures, particularly oil infrastructure.

Earthquakes have been monitored in Azerbaijan since 2003.