Earthquakes list February 11, 2012 – Moderate earthquake strikes Zurich, Switzerland

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Switzerland    Feb 11 22:45 PM    M 4.2    Depth 10.0 km
A moderate but shallow earthquake hit the greater Zurich area
local time 23:45
Please read our in-depth report about this earthquake – Click here
Epicenter : 16 km S Zurich (pop 341,730), 3 km S Horgen (pop 17,843) and 2 km N Hirzel (pop 1,874)
Based on our experiences and if the current preliminary data are confirmed, we are convinced that NO serious damage or injuries may be expected.
GFZ has recalculated the depth to a less dangerous 16 km and has decreased the magnitude to 4.0. Both main data indicators are becoming less dangerous.
Take also a look at our Switzerland-Only real-time earthquake list

M 4.6      2012/02/11 07:19      Depth 10.0 km      BARBADOS REGION, WINDWARD ISLANDS
03:19:04 AM at epicenter
Probably only felt by few people because of the distence from the epicenter to the nearest islands.
98 km (60 miles) SW of BRIDGETOWN, Barbados

M 5.7      2012/02/11 07:06      Depth 16.9 km      MOLUCCA SEA, INDONESIA
04:06:48 PM at epicenter
At least 50 km out of the coast of the nearest populated island, thus weakening the impact for humans
200 km (124 miles) SSW of Ternate, Moluccas, Indonesia
Epicenter map (see below) – Check also our Indonesia-only earthquake list

M 4.8      2012/02/11 04:44      Depth 14.7 km      NORTHERN PERU
11:44:24 PM at epicenter
66 km (41 miles) ESE of Moyobamba, Peru
Epicenter map (see below) – Check also our Peru-only earthquake list

M 5.6      2012/02/11 02:58      Depth 35.0 km      BIO-BIO, CHILE
11:58:23 PM at epicenter
61,000 people have encountered a moderate shaking and nearly 2 million people a light shaking
52 km (32 miles) SSW of Concepcion, Bio-Bio, Chile
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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Switzerland Feb 11 22:45 4.2 32 MAP I Felt It
  • 4704 Niederbipp / BE - Vorhin starkes, kurzes Schütteln Erdbeben. Zeit: 23.45 - 11.02.2012 Verspürt in 4704 Niederbipp / BE
  • Affoltern am Albis - We were startled by the strong force on our roof top apartment. When it happened we all looked up at the roof wondering what it was.
  • Zurich - Two large jolts, three seconds apart. Sounded like it was upstairs on first floor. Heard humming noises before each jolt. I thought someone was breaking into the house. My wife is from California and she knew right away it was an earthquake.
  • Zurich Oerlikon - I was lying down on my bed and suddenly felt that the building was shaking (6th floor). I was preparing get out of the building if it repeats, but fortunately it didn't happen again.
  • Oerlikon - We did feel 2 time of moderate shaking when we are watching TV on 11:45pm, felt like somebody falling down from his bed, quickly run and check my daughter room, luckily nothing happen to them, still sleeping. This is the first time in our life for earthqu
  • Zürich - 2 explosions sourdes, quelques secondes de tremblement vraiment sensibles puis encore quelques secondes tres faibles ou seulement les objets tres exopsés bougaient.
  • 5312 eöttingen - Dauer ca. 15 Sekunden schütteln, mit einem brummen einhergehend, Bewegung seitlich..
  • USGS Switzerland Feb 11 22:45 4.1 16 MAP I Felt It
  • Zurich, Switzerland - The was one short and one longer, stronger jolt. It felt as if there were explosions nearby.
  • Wallisellen - prima ho sentito un rumore strano (sembrava dovesse esplodere qualcosa) poi ha iniziato a tremare tutto
  • Geroldswil - We heard a big "bang" first and felt the quake for about 1-2 seconds.
  • Zürich - Guess it's our turn this time. I thought the neighbor dropped something again, as they usually do. I wonder if Swiss buildings can withstand earthquakes.
  • Waedenswil, Switzerland - One sudden shake hit our house, felt as if a heavy object has smashed into the house. The street after was quiet, nobody seemed to be worried or even recognize what happened.
  • GEOFON Switzerland Feb 11 22:45 4.0 19 MAP I Felt It
  • Brugg - Light shaking indicated
  • Near Zug - Earthquake 23:45 CH time, In the news they told its level 4 close to Zug
  • 4310 - 3 - 4 seconds rattled glass doors in sitting room
  • Zurich city 8038 - I heard a LOUD noise going thru the town. Sort of humming and low freqency sounds. Then house shaked (3rd floor). My IKEA Billy CD shelve fell!. No structural damage to house.
  • Zürich - Es hat zweimal gerüttelt und gegenstände im zimmer haben vibriert
  • Weil am Rhein - It was shaking quite well
  • Zürich, Hausen am Albis - Vers 11:45 le 11 février 2012: la maison a tremblé, l'impression d'une explosion lointaine
  • Meggen - Shaking then boom which rattled windows hard. Gave the sense of an explosion more than an earthquake.
  • Switzerland - Felt as if a cargo train was driving by just outside the house.
  • Dettighofen - Weak shaking indicated
  • Switzerland - Wie ein Schlag, dann ein 3 - 4 Sek. zittern des Hauses einhergehend mit Lärm
  • Zurich - Weak shaking indicated
  • Schaffhausen - It was shaking really hard but only a few seconds. It was like the neighbor in a old house jump up and down. The windows glass was shaking
  • Boswil - Ein Schütteln, dass das Geschirr in den Schränken zum Klirren gebracht hat. Zudem ein Lärm, wie ein starker Windstoss. Es hat sich angefühlt, als wenn eine Expolsion in der Nähe passiert wäre.
  • Baar - Initial noise of bang followed by rattling of windows, and then a moderate swaying -whole sequence of events lasting about 15-20 seconds. Some rumbling also heard as if the explosion was buried beneath the house.
  • Zurich 8008 - 2 sharp clearly P-wave jolts, no S-wave activity at all. (Thought a tram had derailed and hit my building). First assumed there was no way this was a quake...(from Pacific NW and Nisqually quake veteran).
  • Forch - The shaking woke me up and then I became aware of the strange humming noise. Thought it was some machinery, but this morning thought that maybe it was an earthquake
  • Zurich - Where 2 shaking, an interval of 5,7 seconds in between each other.
  • Dübendorf - Ich hörte einen Knall wie wenn ein Auto in eine Maer fährt. Die Erschütterung war nur sehr kurz (ich schätze weniger als 2 Sekunden)
  • Stäfa - We felt the earthquake and thought at first it was either an explosion in the neighborhood or an earthquake. Heard a loud noise, house shook, felt the vibration in bed and asked ourselves: What was that?!? Glad to know no one was hurt and there is no real
  • Ruschlikon - The windows shook and there were two jolts a few seconds apartment. We called a few friends in Thalwil and they felt it too. Clearly am earthquake. My first too, so quite surreal.
  • Zug - Lying in bed there was low humming the two strong jolts a couple of seconda apart. Modern building moved sufficiently to be felt
  • Zurich - The shaking was strong enough to wake me up, and a loud noise (something falling?) woke up my husband. We live on the 4th floor, and the whole building was swaying for approximately 15 seconds.
  • Zurich - We felt it in our building - a new, very solid building - think made of concrete. The floor firmly shook and moved back and forth sideways under my feet - it was also a bit like a vibration within the shaking. Then we heard a couple of loud bangs.
  • near Zug - Earthquake 23:45 CH time, in the news they told its level4 close to Zug
  • Langnau am Albis, near Zurich - I heard a loud bang and the wall shook for a couple of seconds. It woke my daughter but my sons slept through it
  • Zürich 8003 - We live 4th floor in Zurich 8003, I felt like we are falling, similar feeling like when a aeroplane has an airhole ....
  • Laufenburg Deutschland - wie ein vorbeiziehender "Rums"
  • Wollishofen - Felt like something big ran into the house. Like 2 big collisions into the house... the "boom" description makes sense.
  • Basel - Light shaking indicated
  • Cham - I barely noticed it. I was standing up and felt the floor sway slightly for a few seconds. I didn't really take any notice of it.
  • Kusnacht - I live close to the train tracks, at first I thought it was a loud cargo train. Definite jolt!
  • Oberaegeri - The house was shaking, I thought a snow plow had rammed the house...
  • Dübendorf - The interesting thing was that I felt the first shock wave as if a wave was rushing up a beach and this was quickly followed by the shock wave that shook the furniture. The first time in my life I have felt an earthquake and it was short but impressive.
  • Otelfingen - Bedroom window rattled for about 3 sec followed by a quick house vibration. I reckon the time occured was spot on.
  • Samstagern - We were on the sofa and felt a shifting, a kind of drop, or a bump rather than extended tremor....it was over in a few seconds
  • Zurich - We heard a large bang and immediatley thought our son had fallen out of bed. A few seconds later the bed began to shake for about three seconds
  • Langnau am Albis - I was asleep and woke up feeling like perhaps a truck had driven into our house. I realized that based on how far from the main road we are, that wasn't possible, Then I thought that perhaps are roof had caved in from the snow.
  • Au - Lasted for a few seconds, felt like a underground train going past the house then the house jolted.
  • Cham - I first heard a sort of thump then the whole building seemed to move as if something had hit it. At first I thought it was a shockwave from an explosion or possibly even a bomb.
  • Glattfelden - Felt a shudder and then a vibrating thud, but over in a matter of seconds.
  • Wadenswil - Was watching TV and suddenly felt a strong vibration. We're on the ground floor and didn't feel much else. I'd say the vibration was stronger than those I've felt when I was in Japan. I turned on my Seismometer after the vibration but it recorded nothing
  • Buhl - Porte d'une armoire qui a vibré pendant 5-6 secondes
  • Zurich - When I was sitting on the sofa, i felt that my sofa was shaking a bit. I realised that definitely it is an minor earthquake but was not sure untill i saw your report.
  • Zurich - When sitting on the sofa 2x shaking a bit. 8. floor.
  • GEOFON Southern Peru Feb 11 21:30 4.5 186 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Chagos Archipelago Region Feb 11 20:53 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Chagos Archipelago Region Feb 11 20:52 4.6 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Costa Rica Feb 11 20:43 4.8 20 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Costa Rica Feb 11 20:43 4.7 26 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Feb 11 19:55 5.0 46 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Feb 11 19:55 4.9 40 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Feb 11 19:55 5.0 35 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Chagos Archipelago Region Feb 11 19:17 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Chagos Archipelago Region Feb 11 19:06 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Chagos Archipelago Region Feb 11 19:06 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kamchatka Peninsula, Russia Feb 11 16:48 3.9 220 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Off The East Coast Of The Kamchatka Peninsula Feb 11 16:48 4.6 18 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kuril Islands Feb 11 16:30 3.8 140 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Solomon Islands Feb 11 15:23 5.1 40 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Solomon Islands Feb 11 15:23 5.1 42 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Solomon Islands Feb 11 15:23 5.2 39 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Mindanao, Philippines Feb 11 11:59 4.5 58 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Papua, Indonesia Feb 11 09:27 4.4 34 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kuril Islands Feb 11 08:52 4.8 60 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kuril Islands Feb 11 08:52 4.7 59 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON East Of Kuril Islands Feb 11 08:52 4.8 56 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kepulauan Sula, Indonesia Feb 11 07:53 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southern Molucca Sea Feb 11 07:53 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Windward Islands Feb 11 07:19 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Barbados Region, Windward Islands Feb 11 07:19 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Molucca Sea Feb 11 07:06 5.6 46 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southern Molucca Sea Feb 11 07:06 5.6 36 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Molucca Sea Feb 11 07:06 5.5 13 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Offshore Sucre, Venezuela Feb 11 05:56 4.5 107 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Negros- Cebu Reg, Philippines Feb 11 05:39 4.9 127 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Panay, Philippines Feb 11 05:39 5.0 39 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Negros - Cebu Region, Philippines Feb 11 05:39 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Cebu, Philippines Feb 11 05:30 4.6 28 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Negros - Cebu Region, Philippines Feb 11 05:30 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Tonga Islands Feb 11 05:10 5.1 185 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Tonga Feb 11 05:10 5.2 169 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Northern Peru Feb 11 04:44 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Northern Peru Feb 11 04:44 4.8 14 MAP I Felt It
  • Peru - Duró varios segundos y primero fué casi imperceptible luego vibró unos 5 segundos y terminó.
  • EMSC Southwestern Siberia, Russia Feb 11 03:04 3.9 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Bio-bio, Chile Feb 11 02:58 5.6 35 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Near Coast Of Central Chile Feb 11 02:58 5.6 26 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Bio-bio, Chile Feb 11 02:58 5.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Eastern Honshu, Japan Feb 11 01:26 5.1 60 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Eastern Honshu, Japan Feb 11 01:26 4.7 61 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Eastern Honshu, Japan Feb 11 01:26 5.0 50 MAP I Felt It
  • Tokyo - Only 4.9 in Honshu? I would have guessed it a little larger (My guess would have been a low 6). I have experienced dozens of quakes/shocks.
  • Tokyo - 9th floor, hotel in Tokyo, felt room shaking
  • Chiba - Light shaking in Chiba Japan, just a couple of minutes ago
  • Chiyoda Tokyo - Always hard to tell how strong when in tower building (22cnd floor) and you don't hear the noise of it either (Thankfully!).
  • Yokohama - 37th floor Prince hotel. Pretty good shake.
  • USGS Sucre, Venezuela Feb 11 00:12 4.6 93 MAP I Felt It

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

    Earthquakes occurred yesterday (UTC time), but today local time

    Feb 10 17:36 PM       M 4.6    Depth 10.0 km    Mindanao, Philippines


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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
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    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
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    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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