Earthquakes in the world on January 20, 2014 (M4.5 or more)

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Moderate earthquake in Southern Italy
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Very Strong dangerous earthquake near Eketahuna, North Island, New Zealand
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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
ER I Felt A (not Listed) Earthquake Jan 20 23:59 4.6 0 MAP I Felt It
  • North Port, Florida - Felt a (not listed) shaking........... My husband and I were sitting on our lanai, and all of a sudden in my ears I felt a vibration, and I turned to my husband and asked him if he felt shaking, and he did, and said it must be an earthquake, it lasted about 15-30 senconds.
  • USGS Yap, Micronesia Jan 20 17:33 5.0 35 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC State Of Yap, Micronesia Jan 20 17:33 4.9 40 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON W. Caroline Islands, Micronesia Jan 20 17:33 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Molucca Sea Jan 20 17:23 4.7 60 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Northern Molucca Sea Jan 20 17:23 4.7 54 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC State Of Yap, Micronesia Jan 20 15:33 5.2 20 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON W. Caroline Islands, Micronesia Jan 20 15:33 5.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Yap, Micronesia Jan 20 15:33 5.2 24 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kuripan, Indonesia Jan 20 04:45 4.9 67 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Southern Sumatra, Indonesia Jan 20 04:45 4.9 68 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southern Sumatra, Indonesia Jan 20 04:45 5.0 64 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Masterton, New Zealand Jan 20 02:52 6.2 28 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC North Island Of New Zealand Jan 20 02:52 6.2 28 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON North Island, New Zealand Jan 20 02:52 6.2 26 MAP I Felt It
    GEONET Eketahuna Jan 20 02:52 6.3 50 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Upper Hutt - Strong shaking lasting about 10 seconds
  • Himatangi Beach - A lot of shaking but no damage to the property.
  • new plymouth - No damage just shaking
  • christchurch - deep jolt and deep shaking . could tell it was someonnne elses earthquake
  • hastings - Durée 1 petite minute ressenti faible
  • Whanganui - House shook strongly for half to one minute and much less strongly for another 10 minutes.
  • upper hutt - strong shaking which lasted forever
  • Napier - No damage
  • Queen Charlotte Sound - About ten seconds of shaking
  • Mangaweka - no damage , old wooden house wobbled, Children frightened
  • New Plymouth - Not too scarey, but knew it was an earthquake.
  • Levin - house shook strongly for 40 seconds , no visible damage .
  • havelock north - strong shaking for about a minute.
  • taupo - shaky
  • Wanganui - Keine schäden
  • Hastings - Very notisable earthquake. Things swaying and the water in the pot too. Curtains swaying and kids running into the lounge area saying they felt it. Even felt little jolts.
  • Kapiti Coast - Started with strong shaking for about 5-10 sec, and then moved into strong rolling for about another 10-15 sec. Note that we are up on the hills overlooking Waikanae, not on the coastal plain.
  • Wellington - Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh
  • palmerston north - Awesome!!!!
  • Palmerston North - Tout d'abord un grand craquement puis roulements et mouvements pendants une trentaine de secondes. Quelques objets et verres dans le placards sont tombes mais pas de vrai casse.
  • Lower Hutt - house shaking could see the walls moving only few photos dropped still frightening
  • Manu Grove - Everything moved house wobbled back and forth went on for a while
  • Waikanae Beach - Felt strongly. Inside house light fittings shook, small items fell over; whole house shook, difficulty standing. Outside, rolling motion, things fell in garden shed, trees shook.
  • Palmerston North - At Ashhurst model club flying field (domain) and the rail bridge made a hell of a racket and train had just crossed. Some slips at domain lookout with trees sliding down cliff, big dust cloud. Minor cacking in house masonary and house slab, some breakages in house and garage. A good un!
  • Palmerston North - Dogs began growling and barking a few seconds prior. Started with a roaring grating noise. Strong, sharp jolt and maybe 20 seconds of shaking followed by a gentler rolling motion that seemed to go on another 20 seconds or so. Pretty scary - especially the noise! Couple of things fell from shelves, water rocked out of open containers. Animals were freaked out for a much longer period than past quakes.
  • Horowhenua - A very strong rolling motion slowly increasing in intensity. Lasted maybe 20 seconds. Some cracks evident in an old concrete water tank.
  • Town Centre - Strong deep loud rumbling first, dogs ran out barking, and very strong shaking, wooden house creaked all over, we ran outside where it kept shaking for a few seconds. cds fell from shelves, piles of plates in storeroom fell and broke, items in the pantry on the floor, books everywhere, we were lucky this time! quite scary really...
  • Wellington - A low growl at first, getting louder. Felt a light vibration of the floor, it got stronger to moderate shaking and ended in one, hard shock. My tea sloshed around in the pot. Went out afterwards but saw no damage at all in the area.
  • Palmerston North - My son & i got tossed on to the ground. The shaking was very strong and lasted a good minute or more. Went home to find kitchen cupboards flung open, pantry items fallen, stuff on top of fridge over kitchen floor. Photos on cabinets fallen down. No structual damage noticible. Have felt a number of aftershocks since
  • Otorohanga - light rolling
  • Palmerston north - was in countdown everyone noticed a loud rumble around 20 seconds later it start slow then just snapped and rocked like mad.
  • Motueka - shaking lasted for at least 10 seconds
  • Masterton - heard a great cracking sound and was expecting to see the window frame break up plus window panes broken. the rolling sensation afterwards made me feel quite nauseated. but how ever nothing broke or fell off the walls. very lucky.
  • Marton - I was outside under some tall pine trees, the neighbours' garages rattled violently, and then the ground shook, and the trees swayed a lot. Some minutes later the ground still trembled when I stood still. Everything inside the house rattled loudly, some doors opened or shut, the trailer moved backwards on a concrete floor. The cat ran, and all nearby dogs barked so much. Some friends have brick chimney damage. Have not found any damage here to our place so far.
  • Dannevirke - We were outside and heard a loud distinctive rumble like a train or truck was coming. Strong jolt then rolling. During the rolling the trees looked like there was a breeze blowing through them, that how we knew it was still going.
  • Palmerston North - Les secousses étaient violentes, au 3eme étage de notre hotel on se sentait comme sur un bateau. Le tremblement était de 6.3.
  • Palmerston North - Violent shaking. CDs, glasses, books thrown from shelves and cupboards, glass smashed. Pictures off walls. Cracks in wooden exterior walls. Damage to fuse box and water cylinders. Chimney flue moved slightly. Cracks in ground. We live on Pahiatua Track, 1.6km from Turnoff at Palmerston North end of track. ER: Thank You for telling us
  • USGS Kuril Islands Jan 20 00:56 4.8 34 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kuril Islands Jan 20 00:56 4.9 30 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Kuril Islands Jan 20 00:56 5.1 32 MAP I Felt It INFO

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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) ?
    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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