Moderate earthquake in the greater Novosibirsk region, Russia - Hundreds of houses damaged

Update 14:31 UTC : As expected, many buildings in the epicenter area were damaged. Early reports mentioned a total number of at least 500 damaged houses, some of them with collapsed walls. Other reports say that at least 5000 chimneys were destroyed by the quake. Many people left their houses, some of them due to the fear of a imminent stronger quake, which was spreaded by local TV agencies, and some of them because of the destruction. The total damage is estimated to 150 mio rubles.
Due to this damage, this earthquake has been categorized ad CATDAT Orange

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Update 04:25 UTC : The work in local coal mines was stopped after the earthquake to check whether there is any damage in the underground.

Update 00:20 UTC : Ministry of Emergency Situations is currently making an assessment in the epicenter area. The have not reported any damage or injuries so far, but ER does expect at least minor damage in a radius of 10 to 20 km around the epicenter.

Update 00:09 UTC : After a search in the historical damage database, we could not find any damaging historical earthquakes in the epicenter area, a good sign !

Update 23:56 UTC : No specific information so far in the Russian press. Certainly no more than what our readers are telling here. RAS has no report on the earthquake yet.

Update 23:48 UTC : As can be seen on the map below, no historic important earthquakes in the region since 1900. The epicenter is however below soft soil (farming fields). Soft soil is known as dangerous for earthquake waves. It will take a number of hours, normally until daylight, to find out whether damage was inflicted.

Update 23:34 UTC : calls this earthquake moderately dangerous because it is close to populated locations and because of the shallow depth.
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Update 23:23 UTC : Preliminary Magnitude M5.3 at a depth of 9.8 km = moderately dangerous

Update 23:17 UTC  : No agency has reported the seismological data so far. We are following up every minute.

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  1. 3km (2mi) W of Starobachaty, Russia
  2. 5km (3mi) SSE of Bachatskiy, Russia
  3. 14km (9mi) ESE of Gur'yevsk, Russia
  4. 21km (13mi) SSW of Belovo, Russia
  5. 1048km (651mi) ENE of Astana, Kazakhstan

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-06-19 06:02:09

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-06-18 23:02:09

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 9.8 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Southwestern Siberia, Russia Jun 18 23:02 5.3 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southwestern Siberia, Russia Jun 18 23:02 5.4 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Southwestern Siberia, Russia Jun 18 23:02 5.3 9 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Бийск - шатались люстры, вибрировал пол, звенела посуда в шкафах, незакрепленные шкафы стукались о стену
  • novosibirsk - тряхнуло довольно сильно, 6.05. Мебель ходуном ходила. Интересно , ещё будут толчки?
  • Novosibirsk - Everything shaking for around 30 seconds.
  • Новосибирск - Была закрыта дверь между комнатами, проснулся от резкого скрежета. Жена испугалась, мне как-то побоку - сон не отошел еще
  • Novosibirsk - 6am local time, on 9th floor of apartment block. duration less than 30sec
  • Novokuznetsk - The bed was shaking, the cat was silent.
  • Barnaul - На 12 этаже качались и звенели люстры
  • Kemerovo, Russia - 19/06/13 6.03 am
  • Новосибирск ул.Новоур - Проснулся от того, что начала двигаться кровать. Мебель заскрипела и было видно, как она двигается.
  • Belovo - Never happen before, so this is quite strong to feel it. Shaking appeared 15-20sec, horizontal shaking.
  • белово - Сильно трясло, живу на восьмом этаже, упала и разбилась бутылка, сильно звенели люстры
  • Novossibirsk - le lit a bougé pendant quelques secondes
  • Novosibirsk - Woke up to the room shaking. Woke my wife, but by then it had started to end the shaking.
  • Novosibirsk - Thought the bed tip over , realize just sleep on floor from big night drinking. Bed was still in good position. No damages just cracks new in walls. I just finish is walls yesterday.
  • Inskoy (Belovo) - It was quite scaring. I slept when it happened. Awakened with feeling that someone shaking and rolling me all over my bed.


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    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
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    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
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    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.
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    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
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    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
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    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.
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    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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