Germany / Holland earthquake 08/09 : NO damage or injuries + videos

Earthquake overview :  At 21:02 local time a moderate shallow earthquake has hit the area in between Duisburg and Nijmegen (Netherlands / Germany border). The hypocenter depth was calculated by GFZ at 3 km.
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Update 09/09 09:51 UTC  : After screening our many various sources in Germany and in Holland (The Netherlands), we are happy to report that this earthquake made NO damage or did NOT injure people.

Update 09/09 09:45 UTC  : We want to make clear for many people that the earthquake swarm in the Germany Czech Republic border has NOTHING to do with this earthquake and vice versa.

Update 09/09 08:28 UTC  : We have inserted below another  YouTube video from WDR Aktuell on behalf of our German redaers. Nothing new if compared to the content of this article, but informative as TV can be :).

Update 21:59 UTC  :We have inserted below a short YouTube video recorded in Doesburg, Holland showing the strength of the shaking.

Update 21:52 UTC  : YouTube has only so called LOL  videos from this earthquake.  Or they simulate an earthquake or people use video footage from other earthquakes. So far we have NOT seen any serious videos. The video footage on the website of Radio Gelderland is too chaotic to show in this website. They  show only a couple of people telling what they felt. The many reports in this site are much more describing what really happened.

Update 21:02 UTC  : Reports from the various locations where the earthquake was felt did ran out of the houses and stayed a while on the streets. We warn people to NOT run out of their houses in case of aftershocks. Only leave your houses when the shaking has stopped.

Update 21:00 UTC  : As usual,  the different seismological agencies are reporting slightly different data and epicenter locations. KNMI, the Dutch authorities geological service has reported the location of the epicenter just across the Germany border below Xanten.  The Dutch services are reporting a magnitude of 4.5.

Update 20:38 UTC  :The map at right is showing the many weak earthquakes in the area since 1990. Most earthquakes cannot be felt by humans. The orange color means that they were almost all shallow (close to the surface)

Update 20:32 UTC  : The biggest earthquake in recent history in Holland was 5.8 magnitude earthquake which occurred in 1992 close to Roermond.

Update 20:30 UTC  : We appreciate the thousands of readers following our report for their many I Have Felt It reports.

Update 20:28 UTC  :More I Have Felt It reports (below - special section)

Update 20:26 UTC  : The Holland TV station Radio Gelderland will broadcast a special report at  23:00.

Update 20:20 UTC  : GFZ has changed the value again to 4.6 - they must have had a temporarely pronlem :). The depth remains at 3 km.

A short video sequence of the shaking in Doesburg, Holland (as shown in Radio Gelderland)

News report from WDR AKTUELL

Update 20:12 UTC  : GFZ has lowered the magnitude to 3.7 (manually recalculated - can be trusted as the German seismological service has instruments close to the epicenter). The final depth is a shallow 3 km.

Update 20:08 UTC  : It will take more calculation to precisely locate the epicenter. Same with the magnitude : this varies in between 4.2 (USGS - USA) and 4.5 (preliminary data)

Update 20:03 UTC  :We have just added links to many earthquake maps. Go to the bottom of the page and take a look at the historic earthquakes map, seismic risk map, I Have Felt It map etc

Update 19:57 UTC  :Some people are mentioning falling objects

Update :The local German and Holland press does not make us any wiser. Everybody mentions just some earthquake data.

Update : Still NO reports of any damage or injuries (a very good sign).

Update : A lot more "I Have Felt It reports below."

Update : Most reports that we are receiving are mentioning a light, weak to very weak shaking. Some people are mentioning cracks.

Update :As far as we could see NO reports of damage and injuries as yet.

Update :Police and fire departments have been crushed with calls of scared people who have mentioned the earthquake. 

Update : An earthquake is very unusual in this part of europe and although minor earthquakes are sometimes happen a 4.5 magnitude earthquake is sometimes a once in a lifetime experience.

Update : EMSC is reporting a magnitude of 4.4 at a depth of only 2 km (the shallower the more risky for minor damage).

Update :New I Have Felt It reports below.

Update : Based on our experience a 4.5 magnitude would only create minor damage like damaged chimneys, cracks in walls etc.

Update : The epicenter of this earthquake is right on the Germany / Holland border near the following localities : Hassum, Hommersum, Schanz, Bontum, Heiijn, Grunewald and Boxmeer.

Update :See I Have Felt It reports below.

Update :The earthquake struck right on the border in between Germany and Holland. Click here for the exact epicenter following GFZ.

Update : we are having troubles with the server because of too many readers

Update : Area will be in between Duisburg and Nijmegen


"I Have Felt It" reports as received by Earthquake-Report.com
Nijmegen, The Netherlands : almost gave me hart attack first time i ever witnessed earthquake though my roof would come down i sleep in the attick, lasted for a second
Niewegein, The Netherlands : De spiegel viel nog net niet van de wand, bureau en bed bleven nog een tijdje na-wiebelen.
Solingen, Germany : 5 second earthquake;
Nieuw Bergen, The Netherlands : Lichte aardbeving in Nieuw Bergen
Doorwerth, The Netherlands : 21.05 verticaal schudden vloer woning van circa 3 seconden
Eck en Wiel, The Netherlands : Het was om 21.04 uur alles schudden even.
Spijk, The Netherlands : rond 21.05 een paar seconden of er een heele  grote trein langs kwam
Elst, The Netherlands : mn kast trilde en mn stoel waar ik op zat ook om 21:05 ongeveer
Linnich, Germany : Ich saß am Computer,aß meinen Speisequark und als ich darauf wartete da seine gute freundin mir zurück schreibt, hatte ich das gefühl das es unter mir wackelte. Ich sah an meine Spardose ( die auf Federbeinen steht) auch wackelte , aber halt nur sehr leicht... Berrührt habe ich den tisch jedcoh NICHT . Ich habe mir nichts eingebildet, meine mutetr darauf hat nichts gemerkt, sie saß aufner matratze , und meine Schwester hat auch nichts gemerkt.  Ich schrieb darauf in Facebook  ERDBEBEN? in meiner Notiz . 1 min später bekam ich eine bestätigung , das ein freund es auch gespürt hat und es ihm keiner glauben will. Standort war da sganze in Linnich 52441 NRW.
Dusseldorf, Germany : Dauer etwa 15-20 Sekunden. Zusätzlich war ein schwaches Grollen vernehmbar. Zunächst schwaches wackeln, wurde dann stärker, bis es dann plötzlich endete! Etwa 21:00 MEZ.
?? : Auftretendes Grollen, dann ein etwa zwei Sekunden anhaltendes Wackeln nach rechts und links.Das Mauerwerk hat geknackt.
Duiven, The Netherlands : Mijn zoontje werd letterlijk bang uit zijn bed geschud. En ik maar denken dat de hond hard tegen de bank aan het duwen was :S
Houten, The Netherlands : Light earthquake, felt house moving.
Dusseldorf, Germany :Dauer etwa 15-20 Sekunden. Zusätzlich war ein schwaches Grollen vernehmbar. Zunächst schwaches wackeln, wurde dann stärker, bis es dann plötzlich endete! Etwa 21:00 MEZ.
Bottrop, Germany : Ein einzelner Erdstoß, sehr gut wahrnehmbar
Sudlohn, Germany : Wir glauben, gerade ein kleines Beben gespürt zu haben. 21:07 Uhr Ortszeit. Gibt es weitere Meldungen?
Oldenzaal : first i heard someting, My pc screen was shaking a little, then i saw my drink shaking and felt it in te sofa.
Kleve, Germany : es ca 30 min her das ,das erdbeben in kleve war alles im haus wackelt und auch angst auf zustehen  die angst schoss in die beine und alle von der strasse war draussen ,ich haben eine deinen mutter angerufen in kleve und in den niederlande und auch ist das gewesen.
es ist nicht schön das mit zunachen. gruß aus kleve
Dussen, The Netherlands : zat nog lekker buiten toen de tuintafel m,n wijntje een onverklaarbare rimpeling gaf. Was maar heel even, maar wel voelbaar
Marl, Germany : leichtes schütteln gegen 21.05 wahrnehmbar.Wände und Möbel fingen an zu wackeln.
Waltrop, Germany : Bei uns hat kurz nach 21 Uhr für ein paar Sekunden alles gewackelt, es war aber nicht so schlimm, dass irgendwas umgefallen oder kaputtgegangen wäre.
Spijkenisse, The Netherlands : Lag gewoon lekker op de bank en voelde de bank heen en weer gaan. Terwijl ik m'n moeder verschrikt aan kijkt zegt zij "voelde je dat ook?" Zij zat op een stoel in het midden van de woonkamer. Het was net alsof er iemand achter stond en een duw gaf tegen d'r stoel.
Het is of een lichte beving en het spookt in huis :s Ben benieuwd of er meer mensen zijn die dit hebben gevoeld.
Brummen, The Netherlands : Voelden een paar seconden alles even trillen
Soest, Germany : Merkbaar hier in Soest
Ven-Zelderheide, The Netherlands : een seconde of 5-6 sterke schudden, leek alsof er een vrachtwagen naar binnen reed,... men zegt 4,5 op de schaal van richter en Epi-centrum net over de grens op nog geen KM afstand van hier (Viller-Muller)
Lunen, Germany : Hallo gegen 21.06 hat es hier In Lünen einmal Richtig uns durchgeschüttelt! Ein Bild ist runtergefallen und meine Tiere waren ca. 20 Minuten sehr unruhig! Habe mich sehr erschrocken und hatte auch angst wohne in der 3 Etage! Nur gut das es vorbei ist! Und das ist das erste was ich je erlebt habe muss aber nicht sein!
Eschweiler, Germany : ca 21 Uhr: sehr gut zu merken. habe am pc gesessen als der türrahmen laut knarrte und der schrank anfing zu wackeln... wurde immer stärker und ich hatte das gefühl auch das ganze haus "rappelt". so klang es auch.
Lanaken, Belgium : licht beven gevoeld
Lunen, Germany : Hallo gegen 21.06 hat es hier In Lünen einmal Richtig uns durchgeschüttelt! Ein Bild ist runtergefallen und meine Tiere waren ca. 20 Minuten sehr unruhig! Habe mich sehr erschrocken und hatte auch angst wohne in der 3 Etage! Nur gut das es vorbei ist! Und das ist das erste was ich je erlebt habe muss aber nicht sein!
Rheinhausen, Duisburg, Germany : Shaking of floor, lights swung a little, first thought was my daughter getting out of bed as it sounded to be upstairs but realised within moments it was an earthquake, lasted about 5 seconds
?? : Wij voelden een flinke trilling door het huis gaan, ramen trilden in de sponningen en het vaatwerk op tafel ook. Zelfs de kat reageerde er op, die was trouwens de hele dag al strontvervelend!!
Dortmund, Germany : Light shaking 08.09.2011 um 21.05 Uhr
Eindhoven, The Netherlands : Felt like a short nudge to the couch (1~2 seconds only), was over before i could even think about a earthquake.
Wesel, Germany : 21.02, just a few seconds, one severe RUMMS as if below in the depth everything were sinking down
Mulheim / Ruhr, Germany : was felt clearly for 5-7 seconds, light sound of thunder
?? : Really scary, first time I have whitnessed anything like it. Aren't there supposed to be people who warn about this in advance?
Eindhoven : Felt like a short nudge to the couch (1~2 seconds only), was over before i could even think about a earthquake.
Lathum Arnhem : Almost 20 minutes ago I was on the sofa speaking and behind me the wall started moving.....I thought in the area there were no earthquake!!!I know that after some short and small shaking there could be a big and strong one...I'm a little bit worried!!!
Asperden, Germany : At first a noise came from the earth like a small explosion. And then shaking for 5 seconds. We got realy scared.
Maastricht, The Netherlands : Light shaking indicated
Liege, Belgium : High frequency shaking (weak) felt at 19:03 utc. Noise coming from shaking door frames.
Eindhoven, The Netherlands : 3 seconds, PC monitor shaking
Huissen, The Netherlands : we felt nothing here...wired....
Datteln, Germany : Es war ein kurzes Grollen zu hören und dann hats kurz gewackelt. Saß am Schreibtisch und hab mich über meinem wackelnden Stuhl sehr gewundert. War aber nur einige Sekunden.
Coesfeld, Germany : it wasnt that bad at all.. just felt it cuz i was outside for a walk with my dog...
Bonn, Germany : Saß auf einem Buerostuhl mit Rollen und merkte zwei- oder dreimalige
Bewegung in Laengsrichtung des Hauses hier zwischen dem Langen Eugen und dem Posttower. Da danach sofort alle URLs die irgendwie aktuell ueber Beben informieren sollten nicht erreichbar waren, war mir klar, dass es wohl doch nicht "nur so ein Gefuehl" war. (ER : ?)
Goch, Germany : hier in Goch schüttelte es recht heftig 2x kurz nacheinander. Ich dachte sofort an ein Erdbeben, eine heftige Explosion oder einen Flugzeugabsturz (da wir in der Nähe des Airport Weeze wohnen). sry für die späte Meldung, aber wir schauten erst, ob in der Nachbarschaft (auch ältere Leute) Probleme gab. Die Gläser im Wohnzimmerschrank klimperten, wie auf einer Party ... bei meiner Tochter wäre eine Glasvitrine fast umgefallen ... Niko
Kervenheim, Germany : Thought it was a plane crash at Weeze.
Enschede, The Netherlands : I was sleeping in my bed, which I felt whole building is shaking. I live in 6th floor and I felt as moderate one as my building is tall. It was like a quick shock or impact
Duiven, The Netherlands : The house shook quite a bit. No damage (noticed). Kids who were a sleep woke up.
Kevelaer, Germany : Kurzes starkes Rumoren aber keinerlei Schäden oder Verletzungen! Definitv spürbar. Weitere bestätigte Meldungen aus Goch, Kleve, Uedem, Geldern und sogar Bocholt.
Goch und Umgebung, Germany : In Goch und Umgebung wurden keine groesseren Schaeden gemeldet.
Gelsenkirchen, Germany : Two waves of shaking, each lasting appr. 3 seconds. Furniture made sounds by shaking.
 Duisburg (near Duesseldorf), Germany - Felt in an old building from 18xx on a corner of houses at third floor (high as fourth!) for around 4-5 seconds (no more, like others describes here). Wardrobe made sounds a lot, my chair and myself on it was shacking, my monitor-arm with a tv on it shaked around, house made sounds anyway. It was not 20 seconds like others person describes. Medias reports only of ca. 5 seconds, a short one in 3 km deep, under the earth. Anyway: My building shakes often by traffic at a big street-cross near to me. And sometimes in the year I have equal shakings (earthquakes) like today, but I dont see reports in the press. So I dont know from where it comes. Longer shakes too. Curious. I wanna move into a new home... :-) (crazy here..)
Kevelaer, Germany : Compuer screen was shaking also few objects arround,and i had idea something really big fell down on top floor.
Wijchen, The Netherlands : I have felt a shock, the couch moved and the lamp as well.
Utrecht, The Netherlands : I was in bed and suddenly I felt as shaken bed, then I saw how they move more objects in the room including the entire building I had senyatia swinging in fact moved, I could not believe it, my friend laughed it did not feel like walking around the house, I go online to search if really was an earthquake and I had hallucinations, it seems so right and even earthquake was felt quite strongly here in Utrecht
Kleve, Germany : es fing mit einem grollen an,was ich nicht zu ordnen konnte.ich lag schon im bett mit meinem lappi auf dem schoss und war sehr vertieft am surfen. Da bei uns schon mal öfter ein bissi das haus wackelt,wenn ein lkw vorbei fährt,hab ich mir dabei nicht viel gedacht..weiter ging es aber mit leichtem gewackel,was auf einmal schlagartig stärker wurde und kurz danach auch schon wieder vorbei war..das erwartete nachbeben um 23 uhr kam nicht..also zumindest nicht hier in kleve..
Elten, Germany : The whole house appeared to shake, the armchair I was sitting in bounced! The floors shook and even the walls of our house shook.The nearest experience I can liken it to is a rather slow moving fairground carousel, quite enjoyable in a strange way. I live in Elten, Germany, about 10 km from the Rhine at Emmerich.
Bocholt, Germany : light shaking indicated
Heerlen, The Netherlands : I just felt the floor and my chair shaking a tad. My husband thought I was crazy but now we hear there was an earthquake!


Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude :4.5 4.6 (EMSC 4.3)
UTC Time : 2011-09-08 19:02:50.9 UTC
Local time at epicenter : 21:02
Depth (Hypocenter) :  5 km 3 km  EMSC 10 km
Geo-location(s) :
4 km S Groesbeek (pop 18,741)
11 km SE Nijmegen (pop 158,732) - location data EMSC

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map showing the epicenter and the surrounding area.
Historic earthquakes map
Seismic hazard map
Focal mechanism report

 

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