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RUMORS are currently circulating that a massive earthquake might strike soon along the Turkish coast. We want to stress that NOBODY in the world can currently predict the time and the strength of an earthquake. Aftershocks are a normal process and may go on for days and even weeks. Most of them will not be felt as they are occurring below the sea floor. So, PLEASE NEVER BELIEVE RUMORS AND BE ALWAYS PREPARED FOR A STRONG EARTHQUAKE.

Update 18:14 UTC  : Somebody reported that the power failures in some places were due to a thunderstorm and NOT the earthquake

Update 17:14 UTC  : Some shore locations in Turkey (like Sorgun) have a power failure and are hotels are currently working on emergency diesel generators.

Update 16:55 UTC  : Numerous aftershocks are occurring in the epicenter area in the sea. Only a few of them will have been felt by people.

Update 16:41 UTC  : Power failures are reported in parts of Cyprus. Until now we have not received (as expected) any report of injuries or serious damage.

Update 16:32 UTC  : Instead of panicking during the shaking of an earthquake, people (also tourists) should read on "what to do if shaking starts". Internationally accepted measures are definitely NOT running outside. In case of a very strong earthquake you can't even walk anymore!  Click here to read the instructions (in case it happens again)

Update 16:23 UTC  : Reports of panic are being received. Other reports are confirming cracks in walls of hotels (and probably also of residential houses).

Update 16:22 UTC  : Contrary to what could be expected based on the theoretical intensity values of the map below, our readers are reporting in average a light to moderate shaking (MMI IV and V) ! We know from our experience that earthquakes with a rupture point at an intermediate depth of 50 km are perceived as stronger than theoretically calculated.

Update 15:57 UTC  : We have received an experience report from a reader in Side who has seen some small fissures in the wall. Anyone else seeing this kind of small damage, please send in your Experience report with the form below.

Update : This is how this earthquake looks like on a seismogram of the region.
The light blue shaded area on the map shows the theoretical shaking (max. weak shaking) of this earthquake.

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Update 15:31 UTC : USGS has just published even better numbers than initially reported. The Magnitude has been decreased to 5.8 at a depth of 51 km. This makes that it was felt in a wide radius, BUT that it will normally NOT generate serious damage.

Update 15:28 UTC : There is NO danger for a tsunami at this magnitude.

Update 15:26 UTC : Based on the preliminary data we see at this moment, we expect NO serious damage in Cyprus or Turkey as the epicenter is below the Mediterranean Sea at a depth of 40 to 50 km.

80km (50mi) SSW of Avsallar, Turkey
86km (53mi) SW of Alanya, Turkey
89km (55mi) S of Manavgat, Turkey
93km (58mi) SE of Tekirova, Turkey
204km (127mi) WNW of Nicosia, Cyprus

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-12-28 15:21:03

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 58 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Western Turkey Dec 28 23:40 3.5 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Marmaris - End afternoon
  • Centrum - Zaten te eten in centrum van Manavgat terwijl alles flink begon te beven.
  • Bogazkent - Zat te schudden op mijn stoel. Ramen en deuren rammelden. Kleine scheur in huis.
  • EMSC Cyprus Region Dec 28 22:23 3.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Cyprus Region Dec 28 19:13 2.9 10 MAP
    EMSC Cyprus Region Dec 28 18:55 4.5 48 MAP
    GEOFON Cyprus Region Dec 28 18:55 4.3 52 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Cyprus Region Dec 28 18:26 2.8 5 MAP
    EMSC Cyprus Region Dec 28 17:58 3.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Polis Chrysochous - geen schade, lampen, gordijnen e.d. gingen heen en weer. Had het gevoel van "niet wel" worden door plotseling schudden.
  • EMSC Western Turkey Dec 28 17:48 3.0 15 MAP
    EMSC Cyprus Region Dec 28 17:27 2.7 20 MAP
    EMSC Cyprus Region Dec 28 17:22 2.7 10 MAP
    EMSC Cyprus Region Dec 28 17:09 2.7 13 MAP
    EMSC Cyprus Region Dec 28 16:45 2.7 2 MAP
    EMSC Western Turkey Dec 28 16:13 2.9 20 MAP
    EMSC Western Turkey Dec 28 16:10 2.9 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Alanya - Omdat ik gelijk aan zee zat voelde ik het heel goed. Maar gelukkig weinig schade 🙂
  • EMSC Western Turkey Dec 28 16:07 2.8 9 MAP
    EMSC Cyprus Region Dec 28 15:54 3.0 10 MAP
    EMSC Cyprus Region Dec 28 15:52 2.9 6 MAP
    EMSC Cyprus Region Dec 28 15:38 2.8 10 MAP
    EMSC Cyprus Region Dec 28 15:31 2.7 30 MAP
    USGS Avsallar, Turkey Dec 28 15:21 5.8 51 MAP
    GEOFON Cyprus Region Dec 28 15:21 6.0 58 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Alanya - No damage just shaking building
  • Belek Antalya - Light shaking, doors and windows, drawers were shaking lightly
  • Nicosia - 28 December 2013 17.22
  • dalyan ortaca - Ceiling lights and some small furnishings moving, lasted about 2 minutes 17.15 local time
  • yenişehir - yok
  • Alanya - Om 17.20 uur begon spiegel tegen muur te schudden en kon je het zelf ook goed voelen!
  • Limassol - Bed. andere Doors shaked light
  • Nicosia - No damage, duration 5-10 seconds
  • Alanya - Om 17.20 uur begon spiegel tegen muur te schudden en kon je het zelf ook goed voelen!
  • Kemer - 2 mal "starke" Bewegungen im innenraum eines großen Hotels. Einige Besucher haben Gebäude verlassen. Beide Stöße ca. 2 Sekunden lang angedauert und im Abstand von ca. 15 Sekunden erfolgt. Keine Schäden am Gebäude
  • Paphos - no damage
  • Famagusta - I felt my desk shaking and then saw the clothes rack moving, then noticed the lamp swaying. Not strong enough for damage.
  • Nicosia - Mild shaking indoors, no damage at all, felt like a small tremor rather than an earthquake, lasted around 4 seconds then 5 seconds later another mild shaking for around 2 seconds
  • Alanya - Just shaking
  • Chlorakas - Sitting in living rooms. Felt table shaking. Heard rattling.
  • dhekelia - xmas tree was shaking settee was moving very strange we are having a storm aswell coming in
  • Nicosie - Les tableaux et lustres se balançaient assez. Aucun dommage.
  • nicosia - I felt little shaking during 1 min. I was at the third level of the hotel.
  • Aksu - Antalya - Licht schudden van het hotel - geen beschadigingen
  • Cirali - Aardbeving gevoeld 17.00 hr Huis schudde aardig en kasten gingen heen en weer .Geen schade
  • Махмутлр - Качался телевизор, стоявший на ножке, колебания чувствовал человек, сидевший в кресле. Часть людей вышла из домов на улицы, захватив с собой детей.
  • Antalya- Belek - Das Hotel hat sich bewegt für etwa 30 sec
  • manavgat - niet erg
  • Antalya- Belek - Das Hotel hat sich bewegt für etwa 30 sec
  • Limassol - was strong side to side waving motion - lasted approx 45 seconds - approx local time 17.20 - long time since last one like this
  • Larnaca - Shaking of the room, light but scareful
  • Lysos, Paphos - While focusing on computer screen I felt everything moving around me. I thought I was feeling dizzy. It was not so much shaking I felt but saw and felt the whole house move from side to side for about 2 minutes. We live in an old stone house.
  • Paphos - Bed and lights shaking for around 5 seconds
  • Limassol - Very slow pace. Scary
  • Cairo - Both my sister an I felt a 'rocking' motion we we quite confused by it until the light bulb began to swing.
  • Alanya - 3Sekunden zu spüren
  • Gonyeli - the table i was siting at was toing and froing
  • Alanya - 3Sekunden zu spüren, leichtes schütteln
  • Alanya - The whole apartment block shaked for a several minutes. No damage that I konow of. Reports are saying it was 5.8 and a depth of 50 metres in the Med.
  • Nicosia - we felt strong shaking in our flat for almost 1 minute.
  • paphos - No damage just shaking building
  • nicosia - i was washing plates, i felt that i was moving like a pendulum unwillingly and felt a dizzyness.. it lasted for around half a minute. no known damage caused.
  • Nicosia - no damage as i know
  • Mahmutlar - eigendommen zijn niet beschadigd maar wel veel objecten in huis zijn verschoven
  • Alanya - Lasted longer than the one a few weeks ago. And obviously was heavier as well. We went outside, just to be sure.... And we could still hear, feel and see it all move once we got out of our complex... Bizar..... But now damage anywhere so that's good :).
  • Chlorakas - Christmas tree shook and lights started to swing
  • Alanya - Geen schade, licht schudden
  • side - lichte scheuren op bepaalde raakvlakken in de muren. Her en der wat kalk naar beneden gekomen.
  • белек - ущерба нет
  • Larnaca - It was a thunderstorm outside and all of a sudden the house started moving slowly from side to side. I thought it was inside my head, but then I saw the lamps hanging in the roof swinging slowly back and forth. For up to 2 minutes. Happened 30 minutes ago.
  • Alanya - Geen schade, licht schudden.
  • Pafos - Considerable shaking, light fittings, christmas tree decorations swaying.
  • Koili - About 15 minutes ago no property damage we can see
  • Peyia - We were sitting on the couch and the couch started to shake. Our floor lamps also started moving and it was very moderate I would say. Went on for about 15 seconds or thereabouts.
  • lara antalya - Schütteln vom ganzen Hotel für einige Sekunden
  • Antalya - Nous avons ressenti le tremblement de terre, les meubles ont bougé, le canapé, la lampe ainsi que les meubles .. Tous le monde est sortis dehors mais aucun dégât n'a eu lieu heureusement ..
  • Nicosia - Started lighter and then strengthened a little. Lasted maybe 10 seconds?
  • Limassol - Leichte Gebäude Schwankung
  • аланья - Зашатались люстры,упала картина ,длилось 10-15 сек
  • Side - sass auf dem Sofa, fuehlte sich an wie das Schwanken auf einem Boot. Einige Gegenstaende in der Wohnung haben gewackelt. Mein Magen hat sich gedreht, sonst aber alles ok.
  • Antalya - I live in Antalya in the center. We felt the first tremor about 12-14 seconds. and the second tremor drove about 4-6 seconds . 40-45 seconds discontinuance time between the 1st and 2nd tremors.
  • Side - Portes, plancher, murs secoues
  • Alanya - Spiegel hevig schudden tegen de muur. Je kon het schudden goed voelen.
  • Larnaca - Geen schade, duur 10 seconden
  • Side - Mouvements murs de la piscine intérieure tremblants
  • Antalya - Being in a hotel at lara beach
  • larnaca - everything was moving
  • махмутлар - Без повреждении, дом сильно качался, люди вышли на улицы с детьми.
  • Antalya - I was working on that time. My chair was shaking left right side,
  • alanya - Was echt eng.en de zee is ook een stuk wilder geworden. De golven zijn hoger en iedereen zit op straat
  • Everenski - Das ganze Hotel hat gewackelt.....einige Gäste rannten in Panik raus. Gefühlte 10-15 Sekunden beben.
  • Avsaller - Alle gasten gelijk naar buiten, toch wel angst voor mensen die nog boven waren
  • Antalya - Ich war im Fahrstuhl, auf dem Weg zu meinem Zimmer, als plötzlich alle im Fahrstuhl hecktisch wurden.
  • Antalya stad - I felt clearly the building, myself and the chair in which I sat, shaking for about half a minute. Several objects, flowers etc. shaked as wel, but I see no damage. It was quite scary.
  • kemer - felt the room lightly shakıng
  • Side - Secousse dans la chambre, murs et portes tremblants
  • Nicosia - no damages, very weak
  • Evrenseki - drgania witryny i odczuwalne trzesienie
  • Belek - Keine Schäden Gläser wackelten unsicheres stehen
  • Nicosia - no damage
  • Kato Paphos Cyprus - I notice it was different of those I have experience in the past ... not the same movement not too scare because WHAT CAN WE REALY DO ? ER : not running outside while the shaking goes on. Instructions online
  • Side - Lampen gingen fors heen en weer. Alles schudde. Hield ongeveer 30 tot 35 seconden aan
  • Лимассол - Затрясло потолок и стены дома на 5 этаже. Почувствовали покачивания и тряску. Очень страшно.
  • voyage Sorgun - Kasten en ander meubilair bewoog. Mensen gingen paniekerig naar buiten. Duur van de beving circa 1 minuut. Reguliere stroom uitgevallen. Nu op noodagregaat.
  • Larnaca - on 5th floor apartment. Two shakes separated by a few seconds
  • paphos - I was sitting on the sofa and I felt it slightly shaking
  • Alanya - No damage on the building. We are on holidays, our appartment is on 7. floor. It was shaking a lot from one side to another. Scaring!!! The building feels like gel! :-
  • Alanya - (onze kerstboom danste door de kamer en de vazen op de kast al vaker een beving meegemaakt maar dit was de sterkste iedereen is op de straat gegaan en de auto.s van de parkeer plaats gehaald verder geen schade
  • Avsallar - niks beschadigd wel bang. Lamp aan plafond heen en weer.
  • Avsallar - geen schade, wel angstig lampen aan plafond heen en weer.
  • Antalya - Im 20 Stock des Hotels. Das Bett schwankte ca 1-2 Minuten. Sehr irritierend. Nicht genau einzuordnen. Das Wasser in der Badewanne schwappte deutlich hin und her. Das war für uns die Bestätigung.
  • Broumana - About 4 seconds shaking, no damages
  • Avsallar - Pretty scary. Not normal for here
  • Pyla, Larnaca - hanglampen in beweging, 8-10 sec lang licht schudden van het geheele gebouw, geen schade. Veelen hadden niet eens opgemerkt....
  • Lara - Op 8 ste etage, we zagen ales heen en weer gaan. Gebouw met ons eron. Wankele tafeltjes schudden. Bed leek alsof erop gedanst werd.
  • simou.paphos - Sofa swaying from side to side for 1 minute.dizzy feeling then calm
  • Polis - The whole settee shook side to side like a swing.
  • Alanya - ca 10 sec.schütteln,gefühlte kleine amplitude,vom Lokalbesitzer richtig gehandelt,hat sofort alle gäste auf die Strasse Haus keine sichtbaren Schäden.
  • Alanya - rütteln,ca.10 sec.,kleine amplitude,vom lokalbesitzer richtig reagiert,schickt alle gäste sofort auf die strasse
  • Анталья - Казалось,что стены вокруг стали двигаться.Сильно трясло телевизор и подвесные шкафы.Хотели выбежать. В панике долго не могли открыть дверь,т.к. были в гостях.Люди стали выбегать на улицу когда все закончилось,к сожалению.Кошки громко ужасно мяукали. Повреждений нет, тольк�
  • Tsada - Doors shaking, overhead lights moving
  • finike - la secousse a fait tangué l'immeuble de six étages où nous étions durant un peu moins d'une minute. Il tangué de gauche à droite comme un bateau, la hotte et le lustre ont continué de bouger en balancier un moment. Il n'y a pas eu de casses. Ma sœur, au même moment, en voiture, n'a rien ressenti.
  • Larnaca - Discernable vibration felt throughout first floor apartment. Door audibly rattled against magnetic door stop, table shook.
  • Limassol - was strong side to side waving motion (the whole 8 stoors building was moving) - lasted approx 45 seconds
  • анталия - сначала сильная молния произошла удар чуствовался под ногами легкий у дар а потом начело шатать конкретно 35 минут гдето очень страшно такое чуство что плохо тебе и кружиться голова ето не кино ето реально думала что все следом цунами подольет
  • Alanya - Wij hebben het als zeer eng ervaren. Schade kunnen wij morgen zien zitten zonder stroom.
  • Beirut - i was laying on the couch when i felt that im shaking slightly i set up it was only for seconds slight one no damage it was around 5:20pm
  • Лимассол - Сильная гроза и не было понятно был ли удар молнии или землетрясение.
  • Kundu Antalya - De muren van het appartement (2e verdieping)schenen te bewegen en de lamp zwaaide heen en weer. Voorafgaand was zwaar onweer, met veel lichtflitsen.
  • Side - The whole room was shaking for around 15 seconds.
  • Alsancack - Only lasted for seconds
  • Лапта - 17 22 первым подземные толчки почувствовал маленький йорк , за несколько минут до землетрясения он начал лаять и бегать по квартире, потом мы почувствовали дрожание дивана и пола, длилось секунд 30 .
  • Belek - Wij stonden in een apotheker en ineens begon heel het gebouw te schudden
  • Paphos - Sitting on a settee which felt as if it were moving back and forward slightly. 10 seconds max shaking?
  • Pervolia - Felt myself swaying slightly, ground movement confirmed by chimes on grandfather clock rattling and I noticed an upright electric heater wobbling. No structural damage noticed.
  • Alanya - kleine scheurtjes in het gebouw
  • Nicosie - Pas de dégâts, juste une petite frayeur de sentir l appartement bouger!
  • Alsancak - no damage to property
  • peyia - Very quick and hard shaking for a short period of time, lights were swinging in the house going to about 60 degree swing...quite scary didnt actually know what was going on.
  • KUMKOY - pas d'expérience. en vacance à Kumkoy
  • alanya - Vervelende ervaring
  • Side - Gerammel van lampen, schudden vd vloer. Naar gevoel
  • Ciralli - enkele minuten schudde het huis op en neer
  • Cirali - enkele minuten schudde het huis
  • Antalya/Kundu - meubilair en vloer voelde je bewegen ,kroonluchters licht zwaaien.veel mensen naar buiten
  • Altalja - een heel gek gevoel
  • Limassol - Felt several aftershocks. The first one was stronger, and the rest went on decaying
  • Belek - Keine Schäden
  • Paphos - No damage, had to check with wife to see if she felt it. There was a storm at the same time so was unsure at first.
  • Belek - Budynek falował. Brak zniszczeń . Kilka sekund
  • belec antalya - pas d’endommagement et gros orage après le 28 12 2013
  • Side - Ik dacht even dat er iets aan mij mankeerde ,maar ik voelde echt dat de tafels van het restaurant waar we zaten heen en weer bewogen ,en ik zag de tussenwanden van de eetzaal echt heen en weer gaan.
  • Pissouri - Keine Beschädigungen
  • Antalya - Was a terrible experience (8th floor). I could feel how the whole building was moving back and forth. Have not noticed any damage in walls.
  • EMSC Cyprus Region Dec 28 15:21 5.9 64 MAP


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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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    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
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    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
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    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.
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    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
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    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.
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    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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