Earthquakes in the world on December 27, 2013 (M4.5 or more) – Moderate earthquake below the greater Santiago de Chile area

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Moderate earthquake in the Santiago de Chile area
Magnitude 4.5 at a depth of 31 km
ONEMI reports the following shaking values (MMI)  :
Región: Metropolitana de Santiago
Puente Alto:     III
San José de Maipo:     II
Talagante:        IV
Tiltil:     III
Update : 36 km al S de Melipilla


Strong (volcanic) earthquake at El Hierro, Canary Islands, Spain
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Read also our in-depth report on the events of the volcanic island


Moderate earthquake with epicenter in Lichtenstein (also felt in Switzerland, Austria and Germany)
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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
ER I Felt A (not Listed) Earthquake Dec 27 23:59 4.6 0 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Owen Fracture Zone Region Dec 27 19:10 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Tamrida, Yemen Dec 27 19:10 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Offshore Coquimbo, Chile Dec 27 18:52 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Near Coast Of Central Chile Dec 27 18:52 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Santiago - Many quakes shown for today, but not between c. 3:00 and 6:00 pm. Door rattled, floor shook for about 5 seconds. Scary
  • USGS La Ligua, Chile Dec 27 18:52 4.8 1 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Frontera, Spain Dec 27 17:46 5.4 7 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 27 17:46 5.4 14 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 27 17:46 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
  • El Golfo, El Hierro, Canary Islands - Really strong EQ and very long
  • 38911 La Frontera, El Hierro - Around 17:45 local time. Lots of rocks falling from the cliff behind the house.
  • Agulo, La Gomera - rumbling and shaking in the house and laptop screen was moving rapidly
  • Barlovento - Estaba en la cama, y el colchón parece que vibró un poco.
  • S/C de La Palma - Sin daños. Solo un buen susto.
  • S/C de La Palma - Ningún daño.
  • Puerto de la Cruz, Tenerife - Sat on roof of hotel when building rocked for 2 - 3 seconds
  • Palma, Puerto Naos - Op een terras met uitzicht op El Hierro, trilling vergelijkbaar met passerend verkeer en zichtbaar in de waterfles op tafel.
  • Playa de San Juan, Tenerife. - My wife and I were sitting on the settee inside our apartment when we experienced slight shaking and noticed that the baubles on the Christmas tree were moving. No damage or any other physical effects.
  • La Sabina - Schranktüren rüttelten heftig, lampen wackelten, auf dem sofa fühlte es sich an wie auf einer rüttelbank
  • La Sabina - Rütteln der Türen, sofa wie Schüttelbank, Lampen schaukelten und großer Schreck
  • La Gomera,Valle Gran Rey - Sogar mein Hund sprang vom Sofa, es schüttelte das ganze Haus, der PC, die Lampen, die Bücherregale, Kerzen, TV, Sofa.....
  • Puerto de santiago tenerife - Zaten in de zetel, lampen bewogen...
  • El Hierro, Canary Islands - Light shaking
  • San Isidro, Granadilla, Tenerife. - Absolutely no internal damage. Unlikely if damage done externally. Lady in this building is from Kishinev (Chisinau), Moldova so is well experienced in similar earthquakes, inland.
  • La Restinga, El Hierro, Islas Canarias - all the house was shaking; bottles and porcelain clinking.
  • El Mocanal - Standing in the shower and all started to move and shake in stochastic pattern. Shower curtains moved and things rattled around, but nothing broke or fell down,
  • La Gomera - ma fille se trouve sur l'île de la gomera, teneriffe... a ressenti le tremblement de terre, pas de dégats en montagne... aucune information donnée aux habitants
  • IGN El Hierro, Spain Dec 27 17:46 5.1 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Canary Islands, Spain Region Dec 27 17:46 5.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 27 10:31 5.0 50 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Hachinohe, Japan Dec 27 10:31 5.0 53 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Dec 27 10:31 5.1 53 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Kermadec Islands Region Dec 27 07:59 5.2 409 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Kermadec Islands Region Dec 27 07:59 4.7 394 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Solomon Islands Dec 27 05:33 4.7 98 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Chirovanga, Solomon Islands Dec 27 05:33 4.7 36 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Solomon Islands Dec 27 05:33 4.9 40 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Northern Sumatra, Indonesia Dec 27 04:18 4.6 18 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Kepulauan Batu, Indonesia Dec 27 04:18 4.7 20 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Svalbard Region Dec 27 00:07 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It

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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.
    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.
    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) ?
    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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