Earthquake overview : A moderate but shallow and thus moderately dangerous earthquake occurred only 13 km from Parma, Italy. For aftershocks click here and refresh the page regularly
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Update 13:39 UTC : This experience report just arrived in our website, it gives a good description of what happened when the earthquake occurred :
We were at school, everything normal until I felt a light shake. I was the first in class to feel it So I backed up my chair but felt nothing anymore, then, a few seconds later (10 seconds) there was a bigger one and everyone immediately went under their desk. Then the teacher cried; ‘no time for that! Get out quick!’ so we got out and went to hallways. Shortly after, there was the alarm therefore everybody quickly went down the stairs to go outside. There were little 4-year-old girls crying and policemen going in the building. We stayed there for 1hour+ until parents came to get us.
ER comment : This teacher should know that what he ordered could make victims. The first pupils action was by far the best (look for cover under desks when the shaking starts). More people are being killed by falling objects than bu collapsed houses. Only evacuate when the shaking stops. This is an advice of almost all of the Preparedness Agencies in the world.
Update 10:43 UTC : INGV, the Italian local seismological service has reported a magnitude of 4.9. The earthquakes epicenter was located in the valley of the River Po, one of the Italian main rivers. As far as we could follow up the present reporting NO signs yet of any serious damage or injuries although it is too soon to make a final balance.
Update : Max. reported shaking at USGS is a V to VI MMI (moderate to strong shaking). Minor injuries from falling objects like tiles, stones etc cannot be excluded.
Update : experience report just in from Parma says : it lasted about 30-40 seconds. strong shaking. things falling off of shelves and walls. pictures broken.
Update : schools in and around Parma have been evacuated
Update : The actual epicenter of this earthquake has been located near the villages of Lentigione, Corte Godi and Enzano.
Update : local reports are mentioning some collapsed chimneys and a lot of panic in the streets of Parm. Also reports of rubble in the streets of Parma
A first weaker 4.1 magnitude earthquake shook Northern Italy at 00:54 local time. It was experienced by a lot of people as a light to weak shaking. The epicenter of this earthquake was close to Verona. Click here for more details about this earthquake
“I Have Felt It” reports as received by Earthquake-Report.com
Parma : it lasted about 30-40 seconds. strong shaking. things falling off of shelves and walls. pictures broken.
Parma : Light shaking indicated + Parma, Italy 9.15 am. Building evacuated just in case
Parma : We were at school, everything normal until I felt a light shake. I was the first in class to feel it So I backed up my chair but felt nothing anymore, then, a few seconds later (10 seconds) there was a bigger one and everyone immediately went under their desk. Then the teacher cried; ‘no time for that! Get out quick!’ so we got out and went to hallways. Shortly after, there was the alarm therefore everybody quickly went down the stairs to go outside. There were little 4-year-old girls crying and policemen going in the building. We stayed there for 1hour+ until parents came to get us.
Parma : Walls were shaking, ceiling trembling and pictures felt down from walls. Lasted long enought to be noticed and us to ran out of the old building.
Vicenza : The earthquake woke my wife and I. We just felt a second earthquake, 09:15, 25 Jan 12. The two felt to be of the same magnitude.
Verona : It woke me up twice in the night, but fortunately no damage to be reported. Simply frightening!
Bergamo : About 8-10 seconds at 09:15 local time. It was stronger and longer than the very weak tremor in the night.
Genoa : I am on the 7th floor apartment and the entire building rocked back and forth 4 times along with the ceiling light fixures. This was my first experience with a tremor.
Milano : I felt slight tremors in my apartment complex in Milano at around 9:05 this morning. Looking out the window I watched as the light poles were gently swaying back & forth. Hopefully that’s the end of that!
Milano : Weak shaking indicated. Le 25 janvier a 09h06.
Milano : il mio letto si è mossa!!
Saronno : The building shook for around 8 seconds. We are west of Verona
Verona : very weak shaking indicated
Zermatt (Switserland) : weak shaking indicated
Ispra : light shaking indicated
“I Have Felt It” reports as received by EMSC
Parma : è stata una scossa di 10-15 secondi, partita lentamente con uno scrollone dopo qualche secondo
Parma : Terremoto strano. Sembrava un misto tra sussultorio e ondulatorio con esplosione in mezzo
Parma : The earthquake was strong but very short, before we associated with an earthquake it had finished.
Parma : Very noticeable shaking lasting 10-15 seconds. Initial reaction from the sound was that it was the washing machine.
Parma : Violento rumble e scuotimento continuo per alcuni secondi e poi un violentissimo quanto breve “colpo di frusta” che ha concluso tutto
Parma : Credevo fosse di nuovo nel Veronese (Lago di Garda) solo molto più forte. Svegliato dal sonno e avvertita da altre persone in casa . Sentito netto movimento oscillatorio per 15 secondi. Armadio a vetri ha tintinnato nettamente
Parma : It felt like a large heavy freight train rumbled by and lasted for a 10 seconds or so. I was standing and did not feel much, but the building rattled quite a bit.
Collecchio : I was sitting and I felt as if the earthquake would never stop, it last so long, and was strong too.
Felino : We felt a short but intense swaying, it lasted about 3-4 seconds. The chandelier swayed. Car alarms were activated.
Modeno : I’ve been in El Salvador years ago in a strong earthquake and I’m maybe more sensitive But I’ve felt my desk moving….
Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 5.1
UTC Time : Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 08:06:35 UTC
Local time at epicenter : Wednesday, January 25, 2012 at 09:06:35 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 10.2 km
13 km (8 miles) NE of Parma, Italy
75 km (46 miles) SSW of Verona, Italy
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I did feel it – Ik heb het gevoeld – Το έκανα αισθάνεται –Yo lo he sentido – 我的确感到了 – 私はそれを感じていました- Ich habe es gefühlt – Bunu hissediyorum yaptı – لم أشعر أنه