Shallow earthquake hits Northern Italy

Last update: January 27, 2013 at 10:04 pm by By

Earthquake overview : A potentially damaging earthquake just hit Northern Italy.
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There has likely been damage from this very shallow earthquake in Northern Italy to go with the earthquakes of the previous few days in Iran.

Update 17:39 UTC : INGV reports a Magnitude of M4.8 at a depth of 15 km, which is a lot weaker than the initial data.
Villages within a radius of 10 km from the epicenter : BARGA (LU), CASTELNUOVO DI GARFAGNANA (LU), CASTIGLIONE DI GARFAGNANA (LU), FOSCIANDORA (LU), PIEVE FOSCIANA (LU) and  VILLA COLLEMANDINA (LU)

Image courtesy Guiseppeb

Image courtesy Guiseppeb – Landscape in the epicenter area

Update 17:26 UTC : Luckily no reports of damage so far, but was felt in skyscrapers in Milan and in other places within Tuscany strongly.

Update 15.15 UTC: EMSC has now M 5,0 again. People near Torino and Lake Gara also felt this earthquake. Close to te epicenter, some people are reporting MMI 6 via EMSC. We are waiting for INGV ShakeMap but their homepage is currently not reachable due to the high number of visitors.

Update: EMSC now gives M 4,8 for this quake. USGS still says M 5,0 and a depth of only 4,8 km.

A moderate and probable shallow M 5,0 earthquake hit northern Italy. The epicente lays in southern Emilia-Romagna. People reporting the shaking of the earthquake as far as Milan.(170 km) Due to the probable shalow depth we expect at least minor damage in the epicenter region.
Emilia-Romagna was hit by a similar earthquake nearly 1 year ago, which damaged some houses and churches. In May, two devasting quakes killed 24 people in the northern part of this region.

Italy January 25 earthquake

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : M5.0 (EMSC)
UTC Time : 2013-01-25 14:48:18.0 UTC
Local time at epicenter : 2013-01-25 15:48:18.0
Depth (Hypocenter) : 2km
Geo-location(s) : 8 km SW Frassinoro (pop 2,135 ; local time 15:48:18.1 2013-01-25)

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Northern Italy Jan 25 21:47 2.0 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Italy Jan 25 21:39 2.1 12 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Italy Jan 25 20:45 2.3 15 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Italy Jan 25 19:33 2.0 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Italy Jan 25 18:29 2.8 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Italy Jan 25 18:07 2.4 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Italy Jan 25 17:58 2.2 16 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Italy Jan 25 17:31 2.3 17 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 25 16:56 2.0 8 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Italy Jan 25 16:50 2.0 16 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Italy Jan 25 16:29 2.0 16 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Italy Jan 25 15:51 2.3 15 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Italy Jan 25 15:31 2.1 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Italy Jan 25 15:22 2.0 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Italy Jan 25 15:17 2.0 16 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Italy Jan 25 15:09 2.2 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Italy Jan 25 15:05 2.0 15 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Italy Jan 25 14:57 2.0 7 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Italy Jan 25 14:53 2.3 13 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Northern Italy Jan 25 14:48 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Tellaro, Italy - Heard a noise,felt couch wiggle slighly below me.
  • Pisa - two sudden jolts, light swaying
  • Modena - Clearly felt in Modena.
  • Siena - Two waves of light shaking, frequency about 1/s
  • Milano - il monitor del pc si è mosso!
  • Viareggio - We own a ceramics store and the ceramic dishes started to shake. ER: we are happy for you nothing fell and broke.
  • Parma - Clearly felt also in Parma.
  • Cervarezza - It was a little jerk-off motion like a booty shake. My cat named Jack Schlong started to pound the shit very gently. I was on the outside and the people started to run and scream: Correte sborrata!!! So I freak in and I cum inside the home. The I fall asleep. (via emsc)
  • Massa - avevo appena aperto la finestra e c'era un po di vento, dal rumore pensavo stesse sbattendo il tendone della terrazza ma mi sono accorta che il tendone era arrotolato, cosi' sono corsa in camera ed in salotto ed ho capito ch c'era stato un terremoto perchè i lampadari oscillavano. (via emsc)
  • Lucca - About 30 seconds shaking. No damage. (via emsc)
  • Aulla - la scossa è stata avvertita anche a Firenze - una amica, colà residente, ha inviato un sms per sapere se anche noi avevamo avvertito il movimento tellurico (via emsc)
  • Fosciandora - Very deep loud rumbling - intense
  • Florence, Italy - I live at the 6th floor of a modern RC building. I was walking down the corridor of my place when I suddenly felt dizzy and, at the very same time, heard my mother (she was in a different room of the house) screaming. That is when I realized that all the building was shaking, chandeliers and doors were swaying quite noticeably. It lasted for a few seconds but was scaring
  • USGS Northern Italy Jan 25 14:48 5.0 4 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northern Italy Jan 25 14:48 4.9 15 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Central Italy Jan 25 10:31 2.1 11 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Central Italy Jan 25 10:08 2.5 14 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Central Italy Jan 25 09:32 2.1 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Southern Italy Jan 25 06:19 2.2 21 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Central Italy Jan 25 04:27 2.9 10 MAP I Felt It

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    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
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    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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    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.
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    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) ?
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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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