Moderate earthquake near the Austria / Slovenia border

Last update: February 3, 2013 at 8:55 am by By

Update 18.42 UTC : Austrian newspapers are mentioning minor damage around the epicenter, which was close to Bad Eisenkappel. More than 1000 people called the local fire brigade or police, some of them were reporting minor damages to their houses, but luckily nothing heavy. There were no injuries.

Update 14.47 UTC : Austrian meteorological agency(ZAMG) also reports M 4,5, but in a depth of 7 km. We think this datas might be the true ones. 7 km is shallow and probably with a pretty large intensity for a country, which has quakes like this only once in 5 years. So we think this quake might have caused minor damage in epicenter area.

Update 14:12 UTC : USGS (far away from Europe) has just reported a Magnitude of 4.5 at a depth of 10 km.

Update 14:11 UTC : Somebody in Graz, Austria wrote us : This was the first time I ever experienced a earth quake, good thing our apartment building seems to be safe, at least at that level….

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Update 14:02 UTC : Very strange situation. An epicenter reported by both EMSC and Geofon in Austria and only very few people from Austria sending I Have Felt It reports. ER considers this earthquake as moderately dangerous as we are still unsure of the exact earthquake data (contradictory numbers).
To the positive side can be said that the shaking only lasted a few seconds, which is a good sign.

Update 13:58 UTC : The earthquake was felt most in Slovenia, also in Austria (of course as the epicenter is located over there) and Croatia.

Update 13:53 UTC : It looks like this earthquake has been a lot more felt in Slovenia than in Austria. If you click on INFO below, you will see that there was no moderate earthquake in the are since the beginning of 2012.
EMSC reports a Magnitude of 4.2 at a depth of 2 km.

Update 13:48 UTC :The first epicenter reports are locating them at the Austrian side of the border

Update 13:42 UTC : Depth (preliminary 10 km). The epicenter is near the border with Austria

Preliminary Magnitude 4.7 (to be confirmed)
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Austria / Slovenia earthquake February 2 2013

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Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 4.5
Local time at epicenter : 2013-02-02 14:35:35
Depth (Hypocenter) : 9.9 km
Geo-location(s) :
4 km (2mi) SE of Sittersdorf, Austria
17 km (11mi) S of Voelkermarkt, Austria
28 km (17mi) ESE of Klagenfurt am Woerthersee, Austria
31 km (19mi) N of Kamnik, Slovenia
51 km (32mi) NNE of Ljubljana, Slovenia

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Nw Balkan Region Feb 02 13:35 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Slovenia, Maribor - Scarry, that's the first time I felt such a thing :S
  • Velenje, Slovenia - Swaying things, plants, tremble...
  • Ljubljana - Very minor shaking on the 7th floor of an apartment building.
  • Maribor - I felt the bed shaking and could see the closet shaking as well.
  • Maribor - All just shaket for 2seconds
  • Jesenice, Slovenia - Felt it. Radiator was so laud.
  • Koeflach - Shook glass doors lightly for approximately 30 seconds. Shook bed for 15 seconds - enough to wake. (via emsc)
  • Graz - This was the first time I ever experienced a earth quake, good thing our appartment building seems to be safe, at least at that level....
  • Velenje / Slovenia - Ground floor - swaying furniture, quake was felt for about five secs.
  • ljubljana - You never forget your first one :)
  • Velika Gorica,Croatia - In building on 5.floor, small shaking.
  • Celje, Slovenia - Light shaking (I could feel 3 distinct seismic shocks, one larger and two smaller) for few seconds. I experienced more powerful earthquake before, but this time "visually" looked strange, wrong :) While it was happening I was thinking if I'm hallucinating or if this are some kind of gravity waves from space :)
  • Celje, Slovenia - There was an earthquake in Slovenia and at the board of Austria with magnitude 4,2. My bed and wardrobe were shaking for 4 seconds, i heard the earthquake first and then it came.
  • Maribor, Slovenia - weak shaking - only 2-3 sec on third floor
  • Ljubljana - This is my second time that I felt earthquake in Ljubljana since I came here in Oct 2012. I stayed in the room on 3rd floor of a student dorm and I noticed that the water in the bottle was shaken.
  • Celje - I felt flor moving
  • Graz - Shook the whole house (concrete 3 story home)for maybe 6-10 seconds. No aftershocks felt.
  • ovsiše, slovenija - I felt the bad shaking for 2 seconds at cca
  • Maria Wörth, Klagenfurt - I actually thought it was my subwoofer! I heard it more than I felt it - like a low frequency hum for a few seconds.
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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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