The strongest earthquake in Azerbaijan this year was recorded in the territory of Aghdam district, said Gurban Yetirmishli, director general of the Republican Seismic Survey Center of the Azerbaijan National Academy of Sciences (ANAS).
On Dec. 19, Yetirmishli presented an annual report on the results of scientific work carried out by the Seismic Survey Center in 2017. The report was presented at a joint meeting of the Scientific and Technical Council of the Seismic Survey Center and the ANAS Department for Earth Science Studies, the Survey Center’s department of information told APA.
He said that an earthquake measuring magnitude 5.7 occurred in the Aghdam district on November 15 at 11:48PM, noting that 89 aftershocks were recorded during the first day after the earthquake.
Yetirmishli went on to say that an earthquake of 5.4 magnitude hit Azerbaijan’s Saatli district on May 5. “The quake occurred at a depth of 48 kilometers. Underground tremors in the epicenter were felt up to magnitude 5, in nearby settlements magnitude 3-4. Saatli earthquakes were located across Savalan-Absheron, Palmir-Absheron, lengthwise in the Kur lowland fault”
He noted that the seismicity of the Kur lowland’s southern part was high. “These events confirm the seismic activity in the southern part of the Kur lowland. The earthquakes occurred as a result of collision and compaction of the Lesser Caucasus and Kur lowland,” added Yetirmishli.