On 30 March Ashgabat residents were panic-stricken owing to the rumours about a powerful earthquake which was allegedly reported to hit at 3 p.m. sharp.
Correspondents of Chronicles of Turkmenistan report that after 2 p.m. city residents, including employees of many organizations, left the buildings to go outside awaiting awaiting a natural disaster.
Large supermarkets also closed down and their staff hurriedly rushed out of the buildings.
Eventually there was no earthquake but many panic-stricken residents of the capital stayed outside for several hours.
It should be noted that the rumours about the forthcoming earthquake had been spreading a few days before the date. We failed to find out their sources.
On 28 March the editorial office of Chronicles of Turkmenistan was informed that an earthquake struck in Ashgabat but according to the website Earthquake-report, no shocks have been recorded either in the capital or in Akhal velayat over the past few days.
The editorial office of Chronicles of Turkmenistan kindly asks residents to stay calm. It is technically impossible to forecast an earthquakes, especially accurately predict the time and the location.
In June 2017 it was reported that Turkmenistan was planning to purchase Japanese equipment for seismic observations of Ashgabat. It can help record and document seismic activity to use these data for designing buildings but in no way it is capable of forecasting the time, location and magnitude of next shocks.
Source: Chronicles of Turkmenistan