Earthquakes in the world on March 17 , 2017 (M4.5 or more)

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
ER I Felt A (not Listed) Earthquake Mar 17 23:59 4.6 0 MAP I Felt It
  • toronto - slight shake
  • Whitinsville, Ma, 01588 - The 03/17/2017 at 11 PM in north bridge, ma. 01588 USA it did shake three times
  • Huatulco bays - No damage but second one in 24 hours
  • EMSC Fiji Region Mar 17 23:26 4.9 591 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Fiji Region Mar 17 23:26 4.9 594 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Molucca Sea Mar 17 22:28 4.7 156 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Halmahera, Indonesia Mar 17 22:28 4.7 156 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Lara, Venezuela Mar 17 18:35 4.8 13 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Near Coast Of Venezuela Mar 17 18:35 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Jacura, Venezuela Mar 17 18:35 4.8 24 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Flores Region, Indonesia Mar 17 18:23 4.6 200 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Auki, Solomon Islands Mar 17 18:05 5.0 52 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Solomon Islands Mar 17 18:05 5.0 40 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Solomon Islands Mar 17 18:05 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia Mar 17 15:44 4.6 149 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kepulauan Barat Daya, Indonesia Mar 17 15:44 4.6 158 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Hihifo, Tonga Mar 17 15:10 4.7 147 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Tonga Mar 17 15:10 4.7 147 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Saumlaki, Indonesia Mar 17 14:52 5.1 190 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Banda Sea Mar 17 14:52 5.1 190 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Banda Sea Mar 17 14:52 4.8 191 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Port Blair, India Mar 17 14:01 4.9 49 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Andaman Islands, India Region Mar 17 14:01 4.9 61 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Andaman Islands, India Region Mar 17 14:01 4.8 60 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 17 13:00 4.6 69 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Near East Coast Of Honshu, Japan Mar 17 13:00 4.6 69 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Sardinal, Costa Rica Mar 17 10:32 4.6 39 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Off Coast Of Costa Rica Mar 17 10:32 4.8 50 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Off Coast Of Costa Rica Mar 17 10:32 4.8 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON South Of Fiji Islands Mar 17 10:18 5.4 139 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC South Of Fiji Islands Mar 17 10:18 5.5 124 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS South Of The Fiji Islands Mar 17 10:18 5.5 108 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Near Coast Of Central Chile Mar 17 08:02 4.8 28 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Valparaiso, Chile Mar 17 08:02 4.8 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS La Ligua, Chile Mar 17 08:02 4.8 30 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Molucca Sea Mar 17 06:59 5.0 68 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Northern Molucca Sea Mar 17 06:59 4.6 67 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Bitung, Indonesia Mar 17 06:59 5.1 59 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kyushu, Japan Mar 17 06:57 5.2 80 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Kyushu, Japan Mar 17 06:57 5.4 64 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Nishinoomote, Japan Mar 17 06:57 4.9 63 MAP I Felt It
    USGS San Pedro De Atacama, Chile Mar 17 06:10 4.8 159 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Potosi, Bolivia Mar 17 06:10 4.8 155 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Chile-bolivia Border Region Mar 17 06:10 4.9 164 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Lambasa, Fiji Mar 17 05:39 4.7 556 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Fiji Islands Region Mar 17 05:39 4.8 554 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Fiji Region Mar 17 05:39 4.7 552 MAP I Felt It INFO

    Data sources courtesy : USGS - EMSC - GFZ - GEONET (New Zealand only)


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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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