Important historic earthquakes in Libya

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this country can be found at the bottom of this page.

Earthquakes Libya Click on this image to watch it in full size - Data courtesy NOAA Natural Hazards database own DAMAGE OVERVIEW LISTS : 20132014
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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Near Coast Of Libya Nov 11 19:00 4.5 10 MAP
EMSC Near Coast Of Libya Nov 11 19:00 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Al Marj, Libya Nov 11 19:00 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near Coast Of Libya May 02 09:43 4.4 10 MAP
GEOFON Near Coast Of Libya May 02 09:43 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Al Marj, Libya Oct 03 22:47 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Near Coast Of Libya Oct 03 22:47 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near Coast Of Libya Oct 03 22:47 4.2 10 MAP
EMSC Libya Mar 15 10:49 4.2 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Near Coast Of Libya Oct 09 17:22 4.3 10 MAP
EMSC Near Coast Of Libya Oct 09 17:22 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Near Coast Of Libya Sep 27 02:13 4.0 300 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Near Coast Of Libya May 11 04:42 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Swani City - strong enough to shake the cupboards 🙂
  • Tripoli, Libya - The doors shook
  • Tripoli, Al Dahra - moderate shaking in the hotel woke up..
  • Janzour - Doors rattled , saw no damage heading east
  • 70km east to Tripoli - I live in the UK and as soon as I heard about the earthquake, I phoned my brother. He was sleeping, but he said I felt a moderate shaking to the ground. Movement of windows and doors. My uncle who lives in the centre in Tripoli did not know about it because he was sleep. I assume that the apartment building that collapsed yesterday might be because of the earthquake, but people did not feel anything yesterday.
  • Surman - I woke up to a sound similar to a distant explosion and found the room shaking and the closet doors were moving. My family and the entire town woke up too. People were startled and ran to the street. Some thought it was large explosion. There is at least one shop on the main road that was damaged as its glass front was shattered because of the earthquake. People are worried of a second earthquake which is according to roamers will hit harder than the first within a few hours or the next 10 days.
  • Tripoli - A weak earthquake hits Libya in the morning , but there were no damages I'm talking on the behalf of the Libyans is there any sign of the earthquake coming again ?
  • Sabratha - Libya - at 7 am south of sabratha city of 2 km, strong doors shaking and no bulding damege, it takes about 15 secounds
  • Almaya (35Km east of Sebratah) - I was awake watching TV and suddenly heard loud continues sound like truck motor then after few second the house started shaking strongly and doors and windows moving and it lasted for around 4 to 5 seconds. I live in second floor and my family on the fround floor. It is clear that the shaking on higher floors is much stronger than ground floors. No damage no casualities reported in my village but most of people awoke from sleep.
  • Tripoli- Libya -North Africa - In TRIPOLI- LIBYA ,Really what happen is Around 07:00 am on saturday (not time exactly between 06: 45 until 07:20) I was sitting in chair then I felt DOORS AND WINDOWS was like moved I mean vibrated , directly I said that was earth quick , that's all !!!
  • Tripoli - Didn't feel the shaking but I woke up at the exact time, can explain why I woke up in a time that I am not used to. noticed paint falling from wall, but this have been happening for the past 3 days,every 30mins or so, a piece of paint fall, I live around 100 meters from the building that fell, I pray that everything and everyone be fine.
  • surman city - i felt it on da morning on surman city at 6:45 am nd all da family wakeup nd my smallbaby too at first there is sound coming from far away as strong wave nd next da house shaking... can u tell me if repeated again ? or thats it
  • Tripoli - I was awake by the time I saw the news on facebook from people who live near the effected area. I was in a night duty at Aljalaa Children Hospital in the middle of Tripoli, I didn't feel anything but what I would like to say is the reports that you guys spread on collapsed apartment I can say that on friday morning 24 hour before the earthquake happened an old.building in the old part of Tripoli collapsed
  • Ain Zara - iwas having my beauty sleep, as iwent to bed very late that night,on cotrary my wife and my doughter were having breakfast early as every day ,they felt that the kitchen cupboards are shaking as if heavy duty truks are moving close by my apartment,but my wife came in to my room in hurry trying to wake me up ,she wes terrified and shouted at me get out of the room, in second iwas on my feet calling my other boys to hurry up down the stair-way as my appertment was in the third floor.ihave strongly
  • Tripoli Libya - It was about 6:30 in the morning and I was in bed with my eyes closed but, I wasnt relly asleep. I heard a load thumbing siund and then there was a brief shking that caused neme to jump out of bed. It didnt last long.
  • Malta, Ghaxaq - I woke up for my bed sligtlhy shaking. I thought it could be a minor earthquake so I waited a few minutes then I went on the internet to check if there was any earthquake somewhere near by and to my surprise I did see that not too far an earthquake was reported at the coast of Lybia.
  • Sabrata, Libya - a strong shock wave shook me as i was brushing my teeth....maybe for 12-15 seconds ..i looked towards my main door if it was ripped up.such was the impact..on the third foor..near the sea
  • USGS Near The Coast Of Libya May 11 04:42 4.7 14 MAP
    EMSC Near Coast Of Libya May 11 04:42 4.7 15 MAP
    James Daniell CATDAT Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Apr 20 08:00 6.2 10 MAP
    James Daniell CATDAT Libyan Arab Jamahiriya Apr 19 08:00 7.0 10 MAP

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET


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    Latitude (area) where you felt the earthquake
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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) ?
    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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