Moderate deep earthquake in the touristic belt of Turkey (Antalya / Alanya)

Last update: December 8, 2013 at 9:22 pm by By

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A relatively strong earthquake but luckily at a depth of 90 km (if shallow, the story would have been different). At this depth M5 earthquakes are seldom dangerous. We do not expect any damage IF the depth is confirmed later on. The area has a lot of touristic infrastructure and for many tourists it will be their first earthquake experience.
Another reason why the shaking has been merely felt as weak shaking is the location of the epicenter in the Mediterranean Sea.

USGS epicenter

USGS epicenter

25km (16mi) SSW of Side, Turkey
29km (18mi) SSW of Manavgat, Turkey
38km (24mi) SSE of Belek, Turkey
42km (26mi) SSE of Serik, Turkey
244km (152mi) NW of Nicosia, Cyprus

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.7

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-12-08 17:31:55

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 92 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Side, Turkey Dec 08 17:31 4.9 90 MAP I Felt It
  • Mahmutlar - Licht schudden
  • EMSC Western Turkey Dec 08 17:31 4.9 90 MAP I Felt It
  • Alanya - Koelkast en glazen en kopjes rammelden wat
  • Alanya, Antalya - The main quake was precede by sligth shaking 3-5 sec before.
  • Nicosia - Felt it while laying against the wall at my apt on the third floor... weak tremor which lasted about 1 minute.
  • Antalya - Слабое встряхивание. Нет ущерба
  • Alanya - We voelden het zwak schudden terwijl we op de bank zaten. Een vriend uit Mahmutlar stuurde een sms en vertelde dat het daar erger was.
  • Side Manavgat - Alleen geschrokken
  • Side - We zaten in de lobby van het hotel en alles begon te schudden en te rinkelen. Iedereen keek elkaar aan , vragend wat gebeurt er? Daarna ging alles weer zijn gang.
  • Belek, (Antalya Province) - First I listened sounds from the walls and from some furnitures. The curtains were moving, too. After, the floor under my legs started to move. There were 2 more tremors with almost the same power.
  • Side - Tijdens het diner lichte aardschokken gevoeld. Ramen,tafels trilden flink
  • Cenger (20 km östl. von Manavgat - Zuerst ein leichtes, zunehmendes Schütteln unter den Füßen, dann kurz das Gefühl, der Boden sackt ab, Dauer insgesamt 6-8 Sekunden
  • Alanya - Geen schade, flink trillen van vloer, koelkast, stoelen
  • Avsallar, alanya - Beving was ca. 5-10 te voelen. Heel erg zeebenen gevoel. Licht gerommel hoorbaar als onweer. Het scherm van De laptop, die open stond geklapt op de tafel, stond ook duidelijk te trillen. Onze hond en kat schenen er weinig van mee te hebben gekregen. We could feel our surroundings shake for about 5-10 seconds. Heavy sea legs sensation. Light rolling thunder sound. Our laptop was open on the table and we could also clearly see the screen shake. Our dog and cat didnt seem to really notice.
  • Alanya - Veel schade gehad. spiegels van de muur kapot gevallen enz.
  • GEOFON Turkey Dec 08 17:31 4.7 92 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Alanya - geen schade, wel geschrokken
  • Alanya, Antalya - Чувствовал легкую тряску стола, примерно 1 минут.
  • Mahmutlar/Alanya - Just some slight shaking, no damage
  • Konakli - We voelden het schudden,maar ik zij ook we zitten 9 hoog dan voel je het misschien meer,maar het was een rare gewaarwording,het episch centrum hadden wij verder verwacht,(vorig jaar lag het voorbij Fineke)
  • Side - geen schade aan appartement
  • Cikcilli - Ik heb niet aan een aardbeving gedacht. Eerder iets van te zwaar transport of iets dergelijks. Ook al omdat mijn vrouw helemaal niet reageerde
  • Side - I was sitting in a restaurant where the outside 'walls' were sliding glass doors when suddenly they were rattling as if hit by a strong wind or caused by the tremor of a passing lorry. I did not feel the ground shake but my friend did and it was then confirmed by the waiter that it actually was an earthquake - but only 'cok az! - what a relief!
  • EMSC Eastern Mediterranean Sea Dec 08 09:21 3.3 20 MAP I Felt It INFO


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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.
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    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.
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    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).
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    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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