(Major) Earthquakes list May 23, 2012 – Strongest aftershock in Italy since 2 days

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Strongest aftershock in Italy since 2 days
A strong aftershock occurred at 21:42 UTC (23:42 local time). Same epicenter area. Dangerous for already unstable buildings. This aftershock was the strongest one since May 21, 20:35 local time!
in-depth article on the Italian earthquake – Click here

Very strong earthquake along the coast of Hokkaido and Honshu , Japan
The distance to the coast is at least 50 km. The depth is an additional weakening factor
JMA Japan reports a max. intensity of 5+ which we consider as moderately dangerous
We will start an in-depth report in a few moments
Please read our in-depth report about this earthquake – Click here

Moderate earthquake in the Southern Peru coastal area
An intermediate depth earthquake very close to the Pan American highway in a sparsely populated desert area.

Deep earthquake below Ecuador
A moderate M4.6 (USGS) or M5.3 (Geofon automatic) has occurred at a depth of 161 km in the Pastaza river area (Amazon like lowlands). It will have been hardly felt by people because of the depth.

Mtera dam, Tanzania - image courtesy in2eastafrica.net

Moderate earthquake in Tanzania
The earthquake’s epicenter was located close to the Mtera Reservoir (Mtera dam).  The dam is located on the border between the Dodoma region and the Iringa regions.  Both cities will certainly have felt this moderate earthquake. People in the area are putting the responsibility of these earthquakes on the reservoir. A possible reason could be that water infiltration is lubricating underground layers who are triggering moderate earthquakes from time to time. Mtera Dam is the biggest hydroelectric dam in Tanzania. It measures 660 square kilometers at full capacity. The lake is 56 km long, and 15 km width, and is feed by the Great Ruaha River and the Kisigo River. Its capacity is 80 MW. The lake is considered one of the best places in Tanzania to observe birds, since in it are at the one million dead trees, and he has many shallow areas. Today’s earthquake will certainly have scared the people in the epicenter area but is not strong enough to generate damage. The hydroelectric dam is at the other side of the lake.  We do not know how much Magnitude this dam can resist.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Western Indian Antarctic Ridge May 23 23:19 5.9 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Western Indian-antarctic Ridge May 23 23:19 5.6 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Western Indian-antarctic Ridge May 23 23:19 5.6 2 MAP I Felt It
USGS Near The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 23 23:15 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Near The Coast Of Central Peru May 23 23:01 4.3 73 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Western Indian Antarctic Ridge May 23 22:59 6.0 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Western Indian-antarctic Ridge May 23 22:59 6.0 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Western Indian-antarctic Ridge May 23 22:59 5.9 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra May 23 22:00 4.6 9 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Bulgaria May 23 21:59 4.4 5 MAP I Felt It
  • Sofia - On 7th floor, felt it
  • Bulgaria - 8th floor, no people outside.
  • Sofia, Lozenets - back and forth moving while sitting at my computer desk for about 3-5 seconds
  • Bulgaria - 13th floor...scary again!!!
  • Sofia - 1st floor, felt it
  • Sofia - Second floor
  • Bulgaria, Sofia - Light shaking indicated
  • Sofia - Fuc*ing scary again... Like the second from 20.05.2012
  • BULGARIA - Felt it on the 3rd floor in Sofia, Oboriste. don't feel happy about it .....don't know if I would be able to fell asleep. My child is sleeping .....that's important.
  • Sofiy - I felt it (8th floor, 8blok, studentski grad)
  • Sofia, Geo Milev - 7th floor, few seconds
  • Sofia, Hilton HOtel 9th floor - It shaked a bit, enough to get out of bed and hear door rumbling in their frames.
  • Sofia, Geo Milev - Light shaking indicated
  • Sofia Center - Light shaking, about 20 sec, woke me up, though...
  • Pirogov - Enough to get out of bed and check around..
  • Sofia - weak one but felt it sofia 5th floor.
  • Sofia, Bulgaria - Lying in bed, house shook for about 5 seconds, weaker than the one 2 nights ago.
  • София, Изток - Тук в офиса резтресе доста силно на до метро станция Жульо Кюри
  • Sofia, Bulgaria - Just one shake..still scary
  • Radomir - We felt it, it was a bit strong than the other aftershocks. Hope so there's no other stronger than this
  • sofia - i fealt light shaking and would like to know if i ought to expect further quakes to come
  • Hadzhi Dimitar - Light shaking indicated
  • Sofia Boyana - Ужасссс, много силно се усети тук
  • Sofia, Sv. Troica - по описание съвпада с MMI IV, но не съм light sleeper, и съм будна.
  • Sofia - J'étais au lit, je me suis réveillée avec une sensation assez pareille à celle d'il y a un jour, mais de durée plus courte.
  • Sofia - few seconds like 01:10 24.05, little shaking was over before i was goin to bedroom for the kids
  • Dragalevtzi,Sofia - It was the same like at 5,13 o'clock on 22,May.It is depressing.How many aftershocks we have to expect?I don't know to laugh or to cry.
  • Slatina, Geo Milev - There was a rocking of the building more like up and down rather then side to side.
  • Sofia - 2 sec
  • BULGARIA - On 2nd floor, I felt it for a few seconds
  • Sofia, Liulin - Sudden jolt, enough to wake me up
  • Sofia,BG - Second floor in a house. Scary, i wake up immediatly, my wife is frightened is it sign for something bigger. I'd never expirienced something like this, it's not like previous earthquakes(1987 was almost funny shake, feel like drunk man:) ) - those from last days were agressive and scary...
  • Sofia , Emil Markov - Short but strong shaking , wake me up , I have bad feeling many after shocks to come ...
  • Sofia Slatina - Dogs went crazy a couple of moments before the quake. Light quake short but still noticable.
  • Sofia - scary
  • Sofia/Doctor s garden - Quick shake. Most difficult part is for the nerves.
  • Sofia - Felt it. A lot of times in ten-15 minutes… Everybody down in the hall at the Kempinski hotel in Sofia
  • Sofia - Felt it in Boyana film studios. Very quick shake...much shorter that the one of two nights ago
  • Sofia, Bulgaria - Felt it on the first floor. It felt like a single strong hit on the building then I heard the glass on the windows making a trembling sound. It wasn't so strong as the 5.8 2 days ago at 3 a.m. That one was a real nightmare, never been so scared in my life.
  • Sofia - Got used with it
  • Sofia - 8 floor, not as strong as 22nd may but scary.
  • Sofia, Madrid Blvd - Short. Stong but very short shake from south to north. /Chandeliers did not have enough time to become pendulums as in the quake from the 22. 05. 2012./
  • Pernik - По-скоро беше като бързо потъване. Все едно нещо се взриви под земята. Приличаше на разклащането което се получаваше преди години когато взривяваха в откритите рудници над Перник
  • Sofia center - Mon lit et ma chambre se sont secoues, pendant une dizaines de minutes mis ca a fini rapidement.
  • USGS Bulgaria May 23 21:59 4.5 12 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Bulgaria May 23 21:59 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northern Italy May 23 21:41 4.3 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Northern Italy May 23 21:41 4.5 9 MAP I Felt It
  • S.M di Sala, Venice, Italy - 2nd floor. Sofa started swaying - no doubt what was happening. Lasted maybe 6 seconds? Was worried it would increase in intensity or be followed up by worse, but fortunately, felt nothing else afterwards.
  • INGV Ferrara, Italy May 23 21:41 4.3 4 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kuril Islands May 23 20:26 5.6 69 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kuril Islands May 23 20:25 5.3 34 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Kuril Islands May 23 20:25 5.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Central Mid-atlantic Ridge May 23 17:50 5.2 33 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Central Mid Atlantic Ridge May 23 17:50 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Central Mid-atlantic Ridge May 23 17:50 5.3 13 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Off West Coast Of Northern Sumatra May 23 16:45 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Hokkaido, Japan Region May 23 15:02 6.0 60 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Hokkaido, Japan Region May 23 15:02 6.0 71 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Hokkaido, Japan Region May 23 15:02 5.9 61 MAP I Felt It
  • Shinjuku - I was in my hotel, 6th floor. I woke up as my bed was shaking and I heard the sound of ground shaking, too. It was my first time to experience an earthquake (that was my first morning in Japan). I wasn't scared, though.
  • Misawa, Japan - Woke me up, I think midnight. I was so scared that I jumped up too quickly and ended up with a cramp in my leg. It was long too and was getting stronger so husband and I stood under doorway of lodging until subsided a little then went outside.
  • Misawa Japan - Moderate shaking reported
  • Ohma, Aomori-ken - Strong shaking reported
  • JMA Hokkaido - Honshu, Japan May 23 15:02 6.0 50 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Near Coast Of Southern Peru May 23 14:36 4.7 40 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Near The Coast Of Southern Peru May 23 14:36 4.7 40 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Molucca Sea May 23 14:26 4.7 80 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Molucca Sea May 23 14:26 4.6 73 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Izu Islands, Japan Region May 23 13:55 4.4 369 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southeast Of Honshu, Japan May 23 13:55 4.6 346 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Izu Islands, Japan Region May 23 13:55 4.4 348 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Off W Coast Of Northern Sumatra May 23 13:12 4.6 15 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Off The West Coast Of Northern Sumatra May 23 13:12 4.6 15 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Guam Region May 23 11:29 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON South Of Mariana Islands May 23 11:29 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Maug Islands Region, Northern Mariana Islands May 23 11:04 4.3 229 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Ecuador May 23 10:24 4.6 161 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Ecuador May 23 10:24 4.7 166 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Ecuador May 23 10:24 4.8 160 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southern Alaska May 23 09:35 4.7 69 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Southern Alaska May 23 09:35 4.7 70 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Southern Alaska May 23 09:35 4.6 66 MAP I Felt It
  • Ohlson Mountain, Homer, AK - A quick shake, like something big jumped ontop of the house
  • USGS Jujuy, Argentina May 23 09:28 4.3 194 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Jujuy, Argentina May 23 09:28 4.3 195 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northern Xinjiang, China May 23 09:17 4.4 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kermadec Islands, New Zealand May 23 06:37 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kermadec Islands, New Zealand May 23 06:37 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Kermadec Islands Region May 23 06:37 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Solomon Islands May 23 05:49 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Tanzania May 23 05:32 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Tanzania May 23 05:32 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Tanzania May 23 05:32 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Greece May 23 01:46 4.5 1 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Greece May 23 01:46 4.5 11 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Southern Peru May 23 01:04 5.0 107 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Southern Peru May 23 01:04 5.0 101 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southern Peru May 23 01:04 5.2 98 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Banda Sea May 23 00:39 4.6 420 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Banda Sea May 23 00:39 4.5 414 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Banda Sea May 23 00:39 4.5 392 MAP I Felt It

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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

    Kyushu, Japan     May 22 18:45 PM     M 4.6     Depth 45.9 km


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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
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    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
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    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
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    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
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    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
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    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.
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    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
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    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) ?
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    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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