Strong deep earthquake below Romania, felt until Ukraine

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Update 00:08 UTC : Professor Max Wyss, who specializes in theoretical prognoses of injuries and fatalities expects : 0 injuries and 0 fatalities.

Update 23:57 UTC :

Schermafbeelding 2016-12-28 om 00.57.12

Update 23:54 UTC : Luckily a typical Vrancea earthquake with a typical maximum light shaking although people are reporting a somewhat stronger shaking in the experience reports we receive.

Schermafbeelding 2016-12-28 om 00.53.31

Update 23:42 UTC : We were seriously surprised about the initial depth of 20 km which could have been moderately dangerous. We are happy to report that the depth of the hypocenter (breaking point) has been changed into 80 to 100 km, the normal depth for Romanian earthquakes. At this depth people will have felt it in a very wide radius (until Ukraine and Moldova) BUT more important is that the chance on damage will be almost completely eliminated.

Update 23:31 UTC : Preliminary Magnitude of M5.4 at a dept of 21 km OR moderately dangerous for slight damage like falling tiles from roofs, cracks in walls, fallen objects inside the house etc.

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142 km N of Bucharest, Romania / pop: 1,878,000 / local time: 01:20:56.4 2016-12-28
46 km W of Focşani, Romania / pop: 106,000 / local time: 01:20:56.4 2016-12-28
11 km SW of Nereju, Romania / pop: 4,300 / local time: 01:20:56.4 2016-12-28

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.6

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2016-12-28 01:20:55

GMT/UTC Time : 2016-12-27 23:20:55

Depth (Hypocenter) : 94 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Romania Dec 27 23:20 5.6 98 MAP I Felt It
  • Chisinau - There were two tremors.... We were asleep on the second floor.... the house shook from side to side.
  • USGS Nereju, Romania Dec 27 23:20 5.6 80 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Romania Dec 27 23:20 5.6 94 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Bucharest - Light earthquake
  • Craiova - I was at the computer and the chair under me moved strongly once and everything else trembled for about 10-20 sec
  • Nis - Felt shaking during seating in the room, weak one.
  • Кишинев - Проснулась от тряски кровати
  • Ploiesti - 1 main wave moderate shaking and the second one was relative violent
  • Galati - only a few glasses shaking, children did not wake up
  • Bucharest - No damage.
  • Giurgiu - Moderat
  • Bucharest - 8th floor of building, felt apartment move horizontally and then vertically.
  • Bucharest - bed gave a slight massage :)
  • Bucharest - No damage
  • Iasi - I'm ok
  • Iasi - 2 waves... first was rather faint and lasted just a couple of seconds the second was more intense for about 5-10 seconds and then the aftershock which continued faintly for another 30 seconds.
  • Iasi - Everything ok
  • buzau - House was shacking. Woke me up. Lasted for about 10 seconds.
  • Adjud/Vrancea - 3rd floor,with my friends,everybody stopped.talking,felt it enough
  • Bucharest - Not bad
  • aricestii-zeletin - 434343
  • Bucharest - No damage, just pretty strong shaking
  • Bucharest - very scary :)
  • Bucharest - I was browsing internet when the desk started to shake a bit , and i felt something wrong losing for a second my orientation feeling . I got up of the chair and run to the apartment entrance and i could hear doors and furniture making noises . took about 10 seconds without any other replys
  • Onesti - Hasn't been damaged. Just scared us and the kids.
  • Comrat - Nothing damaged, but it was stronger than any earthquakes i've felt before, coming from Romania.
  • Bucarest - Ce fut mon 1er tremblement de terre, seulement 2 personnes sur 5 furent réveiller dont moi, rien n'a etait déplacée ou casser.
  • bucharest - just about 13 secs. walls and floors shaking. no damage visible.
  • Odessa - >
  • Iasi - I'm fine but scared.
  • Bucharest - no damage, just furniture shaking and bumping in the wall and the distinct earthquakeish:) noise
  • Iasi - 2 earthquakes short after each other. The house was moderately shaking
  • Chisinau - Felt like a large medium to larger truck passing by on the street. No obvious damage or broken items from shelves. Noroc.
  • Mihail Kogalniceanu, Constanta - In bed, no furniture fall or moving, strong shaking. Animals agitated.
  • Bucharest - Bookcases nearly fell down (they're filled to the brim and not top heavy)
  • Corbi, Arges - a little bit of bed massage, like someone said before :)
  • Bucharest - Just one tremor
  • Ploiești - It awakened me, a first wave. And then the second was even stronger, it took about 2-3 seconds.
  • Varna - Chandelier is swinging.
  • Bucharest - Bed was shaking
  • Odessa - Just little vibration at my 6th floor. No noise. I would not awake if I were sleeping, I think
  • Vaslui - Moderat
  • Constanta - No damage
  • Bucharest - I was sleeping and felt the first suddenly, shaking briefly the flat. Gone to wake up other member of the family and felt the second one, the same way. No damage, only a little fear.
  • Bucharest - No damages.
  • Bucharest - Pretty strong, quick move but strong.
  • Bucharest - no damage. it began like a muffled vertical vibration and got stronger. i can't tell how long it lasted, i was scared
  • Doiceşti - I was sleeping and i felt my bed shaking
  • Costisa, Neamt - Usual pattern of a few horizontal shakes, a break, then followed by another wave of it
  • Buzau - i was in bed on the phone and my room starts shaking
  • Chișinău - Long moderate shaking, felt like 5 om 5th floor
  • Sofia - TV and Chandelier were shaking.
  • Bucharest - My bed moved with me and the library from my living room area was moving with the tv and the computer screen and the glasses.
  • Iasi - 2 shakes, the second after a short pause, the movement was different, but similar in strength. Was preparing to peel an orange. Woke the wife and in-laws to rescue, but they went back to sleep. Nothing damaged.
  • Vratsa - My bed moved and heared the glass sound and 2-3 car alarms.
  • Ruse - Chandelier, plants and my beer were shaking, it lasted for about 10-20 seconds, 4th floor. I was prepared to go outside.
  • Brasov - Watching a movie and felt the bed shaking a little for few seconds (approx 6 - 10 sec.).
  • Bucharest - Slight shakes, similar to a huge vehicle passing by the house.
  • Bucharest - Awoken by shaking. Felt 2 waves.
  • Brasov - Shaking lasted a few seconds and was scary,
  • Braila - Just a short shaking on 2nd floor. Everything ok.
  • Sabareni - short vertical movement
  • Varna - I was scared
  • Sibiu - We felt it also....we live on the first flor.....first we heard it on the windows then the flor started to move.....not a good feeling.....
  • Bucharest - Strong bed shaking for a couple of seconds
  • Ploiesti - This explain the second wave
  • Bacau - Felt it
  • Pleven - light continued shaking
  • Varna - mm
  • Brasov - shake it like a polaroid picture
  • Cernavoda - My cats started running around and doors were shaking !
  • Tunari, Ilfov - No damage
  • Bucharest - Everyone felt it. Didn't last too long. Definitely a vertical one.
  • Bucharest - I was woken from sleep by the slow rocking of the building. We are on the 6th floor. It was about 10-15 seconds long of rather constant back and forth movement. No visible damage, but could hear small debris falling within the walls.
  • Bucharest - I was in bed trying to fall asleep on the 7 th floor of my apt.building then suddenly i felt what appeared to be for just a few seconds pretty strong shakes of a short earthquake that got me out of bed alarmed...Thanks God...it did not go any further...now is quiet.
  • Одесса - Ощущались легкие колебания в направлении Север-ЮГ. Люстра слегка покачивалась.
  • Bucharest - from K S Morgan in Bucharest Romania, Just a simple report to inform you that I felt a tremor or seismic plus from the N.E, it lasted only 1 or 2 seconds 28 December 2016 K S Morgan Bucharest, Romania.
  • miercurea ciuc - Kerstballen van de kerstboom en de lampen begonnen te schudden
  • Craiova - I felt the shake for 3-4 seconds but some bells hung by the ceiling started making noise before I felt anything. My parents didn't even wake up
  • Ploiesti - Première secousse modérée. Mais durant une dizaine de secondes, et deuxième plus violente, mais plus courte
  • Chisinau - came in 2 'waves'
  • Brasov - Brasov .Romania .No sounds , no damage , only lamp balance .
  • Ruse, Bulgaria - Was moderate, but scary...
  • Chisinau - No damage, shaking beds woke my family
  • Ploiesti - Premières secousses modérées, durant une dizaine de secondes, la seconde plus violente. Mais plus courte
  • PITESTI - No damaged
  • Bucharest - Secousse légère de la maison
  • Floresti - slightly shaked the closet fo 5-6 seconds. no damage. my parents are still sleaping :)
  • Bucharest - My second experience and this time slightly stronger than before.
  • Suceava - Furniture was shaking a bit, no big concern
  • Kyiv - --
  • Bucharest - No damages.
  • Tetiiv - no damages
  • Bucharest - Woke up by the noise of the cupboard and shaking of the bed.Was pretty scary but nothing was destroyed or broke.
  • Popovo - Not sure if I felt it or not, but experienced a strange vibration of the chair at about 1.55 am on 28/12/16
  • Kyiv - Nothing was damaged or even moved, only slight shaking.
  • Бургас - Немного потрясло, ничего страшного
  • Bucharest - 3rd floor out of 8th. Very light shakes for under 10 seconds followed by a jolt and then nothing. No aftershock felt yet...
  • CONSTANTA - I felt 2 shakes about 5 seconds apart. No damages.
  • Craiova - Shaking twice, short and strong + loud noise in the walls.
  • Tunari - Short vertical shaking
  • Brasov - Was sleeping, only to wake up and find the bed and my 4th floor apartment shaking for about 10 seconds. Very scary.
  • Petrov Dol, - Felt like two tremors, first very slight then the second stronger and longer. Varna Provence
  • Varna - i woke up and the building was shaking.i was prepared to go Outside.6th floor.
  • Bucharest - Lasted very little (~30 sec) but there was a distinct shake at one point that worried me. I live on the 7th floor btw.
  • Carta Sibiu County - Nothing has been damaged, it was just a clearlot feeling of an earthquake for around 5 seconds.
  • Craiova - I was sleeping. I woke up because the door was moving.
  • bucharest - Strong on vertical direction. Birds, cat and dog felt the movements.
  • Edirne - I felt it even in Edirne, Turkey. I was surprised to see that it happened in Romania. I thought it was somewhere in Turkey.
  • Varna - It felt like the whole building shifted, or was whacked!
  • Bod, nr. Brasov - 2 waves: 1st wave rattled pots and pans in kitchen for about 5 seconds - sounded as if someone was jumping in the loft. Then there was a pause of several seconds. Then the 2nd wave - whole house moved back and forth 4 or 5 times. No damage discovered. Slightly scared and got up to go outside just before it stopped.
  • Kyiv - a ceiling lamp shaked
  • Mangalia - Constanta County - Very few shacking, first horizontally, after vertically ... not so strong!
  • Burgas - We just got scare here so mo worries my bro still sleep and my parents too
  • Buzau - Short vertical shake followed by a longer horizontal shake. 3rd floor- felt it quite strong. The lamps and the Christmas tree with all decorations made a scary sound. It lasted about 20 sec all together the 2 waves. Just read it was beyween5,2 and 5,6 on Richter scale. I was still shaking after it ended.
  • Iasi - I was very scared. My Christmas tree was moving
  • Rybnica - Wasn't very strong here.
  • Bucarest - Très surpris
  • Petrosani - Short weird shake while sitting in bed watching a movie. Almost went unnoticed, took about 1-2 seconds. Felt more like some sort of a weird muscle cramp :))
  • Tiraspol - No damage, but everyone woke up
  • Bucuresti - I am in an apartment, 3 rd floor in Bucharest. I was sleeping lightly in a chair in the living room and was awakened by the shaking. It lasted about 15 seconds.
  • Xkzarh Yosif - house shook, furniture rattled at 1.33 am
  • Vrav - was sleeping woke to wardrobes shaking at 1.20 this morning
  • Pribesti - No knowledge of damage at this time. Awoke from sleep. Sounded like a train coming close by for about 3 - 5 seconds. Dogs and birds/geese became silent.
  • Jirlău - Jilau Romania
  • Barsanesti, Bacau - Pretty strong shaking. Woke everyone in the house. One of the strongest we have felt in the 21 years we have lived.
  • Bucharest - No damage, but strong enough to wake me. Lasted about 2 seconds.
  • Albestii de Muscel - Just some moderate shaking and not for very long.
  • Bucharest - It woke everyone up
  • Mykoliav - Shaking lasted for a few seconds only. Nothing is damaged in my city.
  • Bucharest - Not unlike the recent quake of similar magnitude and depth -- moderate shaking, some (light) objects falling -- but seemingly of shorter duration than the previous time.
  • Silistra - On Danube(Bulgarian side)It woke me up! Felt like a truck hit the house. Thank God,no after shakes or damages
  • Chisinau - Felt it
  • Giurgeni - It lasted a bit longer than expected. Dogs started barking outside
  • Karaisen - Two distinct horizontal jolts about 20 seconds apart, some items rattled. About 1:20 am EET. No damage.
  • constanta - na
  • Spasavo - Light bulbs rocking and bed shaking
  • Saryier/Istanbul - Felt the bed shaking noticably, was obvious to me that it was an earthquake.
  • Sfantu Gheorghe - I woke up with the shake. It was a short but it scared me that pumps my heart faster, I had difficulty to sleep back.
  • Ruse - Definitely felt it!It woke me up ,I felt slight and soft shaking of my bed. It felt like a moderate form of earthquake. It scared the heck out of me!
  • Kardam - Felt like the dog had jumped on the bed but checked and the door was shut with the dog in the hall.
  • Varna - Slapen op de 7e verdieping. Bed stond te schudden om pakweg 01.15 EET. Mijn vrouw en ik zijn zeer angstig geweest. Nergens schade, ook niet over gehoord. Genoeg mensen in onze direkte omgeving hebben niets gemerkt.
  • Orhei - Woke us up...nothing bad...just a little shaking and then back to sleep.
  • Brasov - No damage. Woke me up because the whole room was shacking. Quite scary!
  • Brasov - No damage just shaking and a door opening by the motion caused. R. Reid ,Brasov.
  • Yambol province - I was already awake, cats went on alert, felt/heard the shaking. Lasted a few seconds.
  • Варна с. Аврен - Ущерба нет, все нормально, неприятное чувство беспомощности
  • București - A steadily growing shudder and sound lasting for 20 to 30 seconds. Usual sound of creaking through door frames/hinges. Interestingly not as strongly felt as the last one 3 months ago although I was in exactly the same room.
  • Brasov - Just like a massage chair...for 10 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.
    Fittings :
    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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