Moderate earthquake Tunisia on October 18, 2013 - Seisme en Tunesie

Last update: October 18, 2013 at 9:34 pm by By

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Update 21:32 UTC : On some pictures received by EMSC from people who experienced the earthquake, the slight damage can well be seen. As expected by ourselves from the beginning craks in walls, fallen objects in houses etc are being reported, nothing serious so far though.
Mise à jour 21:32 UTC: Sur certaines images reçues par le CSEM de personnes qui ont vécu le séisme, des légères dégats peuvent ainsi être vu. Comme prévu par nous-mêmes des fissures dans les murs, les objets tombés dans les maisons etc sont signalés, mais rien de grave jusqu'ici.

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Update 15:44 UTC : Based on our experience, slight damage cannot be excluded (based on the preliminary depth of 10 km). As people are reporting some serious shaking during 4 to 5 seconds.
Basé sur notre expérience, des légers dégats ne peut être exclue (basé sur la profondeur préliminaire de 10 km), ceci parce que les  gens font état de quelque secousse graves pendant 4 à 5 secondes.

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170 km SE of Tunis, Tunisia / pop: 693,210 / local time: 17:08:32.0 2013-10-18
18 km SW of Mahdia, Tunisia / pop: 45,977 / local time: 17:08:32.0 2013-10-18
5 km NW of Sīdī ‘Ulwān, Tunisia / pop: 7,051 / local time: 17:08:32.0 2013-10-18

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.7

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-10-18 16:08:33

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-10-18 15:08:33

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 26 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Tunisia Oct 18 15:08 4.7 26 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Kato Gouves - shake rattle and roll baby
  • Skanes, Tunisia - On 6th floor of hotel building shook for maybe 2 seconds startled everyone of the guests don't know if it's normal? ER: This is indeed normal in this area of the world
  • Sousse - Si è sentita una scossa molto forte, oscillante per circa 4-5 secondi
  • Sousse - Windows rattled and could feel shaking indoors for around ten seconds
  • Skanes - Scary!!!! At Sahara Beach resort, whole building rocked!!
  • Port el Kantaoui - It felt like a big truck is riding next to me when I'm sitting on a chair by the swimming pool. All of the Parasol are waving all little
  • Monastir - Dauerte etwa 5 Sekunden
  • Skanes - Thought someone was pushing the bench than realised the wall was shaking with it at sahara beach
  • Monastir,monastir - لحظات قليلة كنت جالسا على الحاسوب فإذ بكل شيء يهتزّ ، هذه المرة الثالثة في ظرف 6 اشهر تحدث هزّة أرضيّة ولكن هذه كانت الأقوى وأكثرها رعبا وأصوات الجيران والصياح تتعالى ، كنت سأهمّ بالخروج ولكن كل شيء توقف ورجعت للحاسوب لمشاهدة الفاسبوك
  • Sayada - j'est eu trés peur et j'ai senti le lit qui tremble et je me suis précipiter a l'exterieurs
  • Monastir - all our building shook
  • Khniss - was on my laptop when everything started shaking in my room, allah ya7fadhnna
  • Chott Meriem - The big sofa began to almost rock sideways
  • Montasir - Here on holiday and thought it was just me till I heard others commenting
  • Sousse - Dacht dat ik duizelig werd, schudde in mn stoel. Realiseerde me vervolgens dat het een aardbeving was.
  • Kantaoui - i was setting in a chair and i felt it like moving, it was vibrating, i told my friend about it but she didn't believe me, i told her that the place could be haunted hhhh
  • port el kantaoui - De hotel kamer trilde lichtelijk en wat lichte decoraties bleven in beweging
  • Menzel Ennour - Un tremblement faible mais effrayant car c'était pour la première fois que j'ai vécu cette expérience
  • Sayada - J'étais entrain de ranger des affaires jusqu'au que j'ai entendu la porte bouge et j'ai suspendu un tremblement de terre et j'ai confirmé mes doutes avec les mouvements de la lustre j'avais trop peur vraiment Dieu le plus puissant protégé la Tunisie
  • Chott Meriem Sousse - c'est effrayant
  • Sousse - when i was in my room i felt the bed moving
  • Ksar Hellal - It was really an unexpected experience
  • Jemmel Monastir - la chaise la bibliothèque, tout a bougé sur place mais durant comme même 15 secondes a peut prés
  • Sousse - It was light in my opinion but i felt i was moving to the left then the right then left and right again, for about 5-7 seconds
  • Ksibet el Mediouni - I was sleeping!! maybe i felt it i don't know! after that i waked up and my father called me and told me that it's an earthquake
  • Monastir - strong shaking for few seconds
  • Port el Kantoui - Shaking on hotel balcony
  • Monastir - strong shaking for few seconds, I notice some damage in buildings
  • Monastir - it was an earthquake
  • Манастир - Мы сидели в холе отеля, когда резко все стало трястись, с потолка падали люстры, мы выбежали на улицу. Всего это продолжалось секунд 10. Очень страшно.
  • Menchia Beach, Hammam Sousse - I live on the 6th floor and the whole apartment started to shake and the walls were moving - I didn't realise what is was initially and thought I was losing my balance. Some of my neighbours on the lower floors didn't feel a thing. The shaking was strong and one drawer from a unit slid out. It seemed to last for about 10 seconds.
  • Sidi AbdelHamid Sousse - Sat down with friends when all the chairs started moving us and shaking
  • Skanes - on beach at skanes when experienced a mild tremble. first earthquake experience
  • Marina/Monastir - Wir sind auf unserem Boot in der Marina in Monastir. Plötzlich schüttelte sich das Boot sehr stark. Man wusste zunächst nicht, was passiert war. Alle kamen sofort aus ihren Booten raus auf die Stege gelaufen. Alle waren sehr aufgeregt. Suermarkt Madasin General musste schießen, da alle Flaschen und DOsen aus den Regalen gefallen waren. War nicht schön.
  • Marina / Monastir - Wir sind auf unserem Boot in der Marina in Monastir. Um 16.08 schüttelte ich plötzlich das Boot sehr stark. Ich glaubte, das Boot geht jetzt unter. Alle stürzten aus ihren Booten auf die Stege und alle waren sehr aufgeregt. Erst später dachte man, das war doch ein Erdbeben?
  • Monastir - walls were shaking for 5 to 7 seconds, frightening experience especially for non commonly exposed regions to earthquake like tunisia
  • Monastir - j’étais avec ma petite fille au salon lorsque la terre se met a bouger fortement
  • Monastir - hided under the table, as i felt walls shaking and many objets started to fall
  • Sousse - I was in the classroom and suddenly our tables and chairs began to shake for about 5 sec
  • Msakin - secousse tres fqible de quelques secondes :je n ai pqs saisi que c est un seisme:du Rabi ltaf bina !
  • sSousse - J'etais a la bibliotheque avec les amis , les fenetres ont commencé a agiter , on a cru que c'etait un courant d'air ou quoi , mais apres 2 secondes on a senti la terre tremble , mais ce n'etait pas effrayant de tout mais par contre plaisant !
  • Monastir - reminds of doomsday. frightening experience
  • Skanes - Sitting by the pool in El mouradhi resort and the sun beds started moving along with the umbrellas. Thought I had too much beer at first!!? Pleased I wasn't the only one who felt it!
  • R6 Monastir - i was sleeping then at 5:36 am i feel my bed moving and was a noice come from everywhere
  • monastir - Stond in een supermarkt alles viel om flinke paniek mensen rende weg of maakte zich klein overal opstraat huilende vrouwen en mannen die aan het bellen waren. Taxi s kon je bijna niet meer krijgen. Een enge ervaring
  • Монастир - Утром в 6.28 тряхнуло.От тряски все проснулись...Хлопали окна.
  • monastir - felt it while t sea monastir marina
  • Sousse - Both my friend and I where in our hotel room when it happened, both beds were shaking quite bad. Other guest felt it as well
  • Sousse - on the beach and never felt a thing.
  • Kaala Kebira - durant la sieste j etais comme sur un matelas a eau presque le mal de mer durant 5 a 6 secondes, je pense que depuis il y a eu d autres secousses ca continue
  • Sousse - I was sitting in the Ribat in Sousse with 12 others when we all felt the shaking. It was as if someone was behind me shaking my chair. It only lasted a few tens of seconds and no noticeable damage occurred to the building.
  • Khezama Sousse - i felt my chair moving for no reason, also my wardrobe started to move , never experienced this before. my cat behaved badly too, running and going a little crazy, it didnt last for long though .
  • Monastir - My god very scarey
  • Sousse - My god very scare i thought it was my imagination at first as i was sleeping on the bed at the time and on the 5 th floor at the royal salem in sousse it woke me up
  • Marina Cap - premier seisme vecu effrayant avec replique lendemain matin dans hotel traumatisme
  • City Riadh Sousse - I was lying on my bed & it shook for around 5 seconds!
  • Sousse - we were staying on the Marhaba having a drink in the recepton of Mahaba club and it felt like the floor was rocking thought someone was rocking my chair from behind, other geusts felt this as well, Scary xx
  • Sousse - Sat in reception bar and my chair started to shake , thought someone was shaking it for a laugh until I saw my wife and several other guests faces begin to change. Was weird !
  • Sousse - On a sunbed in sousse, a little bit of weeeeee cam out
  • Tunisia - bed was moveing and door started knocking and a coat hanger started to swing
  • Port el Kantaoui - Non, je n'ai eu aucun dommage, mais mon immeuble (dans la phase 2 des Maisons de la mer) n'a qu'un étage. Des amis qui ont un appartement au 2ème étage, donnant sur la mer (dans la phase 6 de la même copropriété) ont vu apparaître une fissure sur leur mur
  • Monastir - Pas de degats
  • sousse sud - j'étais devant mon ordi en train d'écrire un mail ,subitement les touches filaient sous mes doigts et men siège à driblé comme un balon ( dans le sens vertical ) j'ai très vite réagit vers la sortie de la maison.J'aurais à ajouter que la veille du 18 oct il y a eu une secousse très faible aussi dans le sens vertical ,mais elle étais presque insignifiante pour la plupart des personnes insensibles.Il faut se dire "ma youssibouna illa ma kataba ALLAHOU lana.La peur est incontrolable.AL
  • монастир - Ущерба нет, только моральная встряска. Страшновато ночью в помещении с маленьким ребенком
  • port el kantaoui - hotel shook for about 5 seconds
  • skanes - on holiday quite scarry no damage
  • Skanes - Little shake
  • USGS Al Baqalitah, Tunisia Oct 18 15:08 4.5 27 MAP I Felt It
  • Tunis, Med 5 - léger tremblement ressenti au 4ème étage de notre building
  • Akouda, Sousse - Pour la première fois!
  • لBEMBLA - J'ai senti quelques secousse modérée pendant quelque secondes .
  • Monastir - secousse forte)
  • Monastir - c la premiére fois ou je sens un tremblement de terre comme celle existé a monastir le 18/10/2013 c terrible
  • Mahdia - On sentait une légère secousse de 4 secondes
  • Monastir - les meubles ont oscillé pendant qcq secondes des affaires du placard sont tombés
  • Sayada - le vitre en verre commençai a trembler
  • Monastir Skanes - 1ere fois avec cette force
  • Sousse - rien
  • Monastir - qlq seconde horrible on ne comprend rien au début c'est l'effet du choc
  • sousse - Les fenêtres et les murs tremblaient , les suspensions se balançaient .
  • Sidi Abdelhamid Sousse - je me suis senti bizarre
  • Monastir - 18.10.2013r godz. 15,08 - Spadające lampy,pęknięcia murów, drgania ziemi powtarzające się 2-3 razy dziennie.
  • Skanes - Was on my balcony three floors up. Was a bit scary as I didn't know if that was it or if there was more to come. And sure enough two days later it happened again.
  • EMSC Tunisia Oct 18 15:08 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Монастир - Сегодня тряхнуло так..что окно разбилось.Посуда повылетала с полок и побилась.Напольные вазы разбились.Зеркала треснули и асфальт рядом с домом треснул на 3 см...Все стены в доме покрылиь трещинами.
  • Skanes - Zitten op de 6e verdieping kon het goed voelen..
  • Monastir - Wij hebben het vanmorgen gevoeld rond 04:50 en vanavond om 21:37 wij zijn nog wakker kinderen willen nog niet slapen. Groetjes fema ER: bedankt Fema
  • Mahdia - Leichte Bodenbewegung haben wir gespürt, als wir am Tisch Karten spielten. Die Kronleuchter schwankten leicht hin und her. Keine bekannten Schäden zu verzeichnen
  • Port El Kantoui - Het gebouw schudde 8 seconden
  • Ksar Hellal - j'ai senti les secousses de tremblement deux fois, la première le 18 octobre et le deuxième le 21 octobre,j'étais à la maison et j'étais très perturbé parce que c'est la première foi pour moi.
  • monastir - Ich hörte ein rumsen.. dann klang es wie ein donner.. das hotel schwankte und ich schaute zum boden der sich "einfach bewegte" .. viele gäste waren total unter schock.. einige weinten.. andere wollten sofort nachhause.. es wa aufjedenfall eine erfahrung und ich bin froh dass niemandem etwas passiert ist ;)

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
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    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.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    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.
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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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