Strong earthquake in the Bay of Bengal but far out of the coast - at least 250 people injured only survives with (mostly small) PRIVATE DONATIONS. Your gift will be highly appreciated.

Update May 22 10:10 UTC : Many mud houses collapsed. The number of injured persons increased to 250 (almost all of them  panic injuries) + unfortunately "One more death" reported in Rajnagar. The deceased Parbati Panda (70) of Belapala village suffered a stroke after she came out of her home panicking." Our condolences for the family of the deceased

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An ER reader from Bhubaneswar, Odisha has send us this image : staircase crack at versa plaza apartment

Update 23:10 UTC : Below a revised list of shaking intensity in the nearest cities. The MMI IV (light shaking) in Bhubaneshwar explains in part why so many people were injured.

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Update 19:29 UTC : New reports are talking about 50 injured and 1 older man killed in Bhuaneshwar. So fat all injuries are said to have occurred due to panic (mainly storming out of buildings). We are still unsure about the reason of the death of the old man. (source :

Update 19:28 UTC : Residents in some places of Odisha and Tamil Nadu moved out of their houses as soon as the quake struck and a few buildings developed cracks in Bhubaneshwar where a dozen people were injured in a rush to move out of multi-storeyed buildings.

Update 18:36 UTC : Residents of Punama Gate locality in Old Town area of Bhuaneshwar said cracks had appeared on the walls of some buildings and kitchen utensils fell off the racks. A report from Cuttack said electricity supply was snapped for about 15 minutes in some areas of the city after the tremor. Panic gripped several parts of Odisha’s Kendrapara district where residents felt the tremors for about 10 seconds. (source :

Update 17:51 UTC : This harmless earthquake is a GOOD REMINDER to be PREPARED for earthquakes. Click here to see what you should keep in mind if the shaking starts or when you live close to the beach.

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Update 17:50 UTC : So far we counted that at least 14 India States felt the earthquake. We have even received Felt Reports from Nepal!

Update : Below the Focal Mechanism or Beach Ball of this earthquake who is showing a mainly horizontal displacement (tsunami excluded).  "Understanding Beach Balls" article

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Update 16:45 UTC : The earthquake was also felt in neighboring Bangladesh.

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Update 16:34 UTC : Epicenter at least 200 km out of the coast - NO Tsunami danger at this Magnitude but strong currents at the beaches may occur

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469 km S of Calcutta, India / pop: 4,631,392 / local time: 21:51:54.2 2014-05-21
314 km SE of Bhubaneshwar, India / pop: 762,243 / local time: 21:51:54.2 2014-05-21
266 km SE of Parādīp Garh, India / pop: 85,868 / local time: 21:51:54.2 2014-05-21

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 6

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-05-21 16:21:51

Depth (Hypocenter) : 32 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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USGS Paradip Garh, India May 21 16:21 5.9 44 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Bay Of Bengal May 21 16:21 6.0 34 MAP I Felt It
  • Chennai - Sitting in my Chair. Felt a slight movement. It lasted for about 3~5 secs (via emsc)
  • Vizag - no damage
  • chennai - I felt the room chake for about 5 to 10 seconds
  • visakhapatnam - visakhapatnam, India
  • Kolkata - felt it twice. first one was about 3-4secs and the second hardly 1 sec
  • kolkata - Tv remote on the bed was moving.
  • Kolkata - Prolonged light shaking for quite a few seconds.
  • Midnapore - weak shaking for 5-10 sec
  • Bhadrak - Lasted for 5 to 10 sec...everything was shaking
  • Shyamnagar Dist 24 PGS North - Hi I am Debopriya , I felt it at Shaymnagar .Felt it around 2-3 minuts.
  • talcher - no damage reported so far.
  • Kharagpur - The bed and couch rocked.
  • Chennai - Felt the bed moving for a few seconds
  • Chennai - Thrills, But Fear!!
  • Kharagpur - Felt quake for 3 times around 10 pm (IST) . Second one was severe.
  • Howrah - Mild earthquake.
  • Bhubaneshwar - It shaked suddenly
  • Kolkata - My building usually sways when big trucks go bye. This swaying seemed to last far too long for a truck. Definitely the earthquake.
  • Kolkata - Felt a shake for about 5 seconds, lamps in the house and liquids in bowls continued to shake for over a minute afterwards.
  • Chennai - I Felt it
  • kanathur, chennai - Minor shake in hostel d
  • Chennai - I was lying in the bed the cot was shaking
  • visakhapatnam - --
  • jharkhand - at 9:45 pm 21st may 2014 i was sleeping, suddenely my body felt disturbance like heart beating motion. then i get up and start moving in the balcony till it becomes normal.
  • Chennai - Lying on my bed, felt tremors, looked over and saw the swing in my room swinging by itself.
  • Bhubaneswar - Never felt such kind of earthquake. Horrible.
  • Chennai - I felt light shaking twice in a gap for 2-3 sec while I was in couch.
  • Nellore - I was sitting in the chair and working in my pc. Just felt that my chair was swaying a bit. I asked my wife did she felt anything strange and told her about the chair shake, she just laughed at. I switched on the TV to find there was indeed an earthquake. Not sure how many people felt it in this part of world, but i can say with conviction that i felt it
  • VISAKHAPATNAM - I was sitting in my couch when i felt like some shake . Then i understood that it was an eartthquake
  • visakhapatnam - sofa shook for a few seconds
  • vizag - my bed started making sounds as if some dog under it is moving bed.
  • visakhapatnam - We felt it strong when we were in office. All the glasses and systems were shaking and it was roughly around 10-20 seconds.
  • Vishakhapatnam - At about 2155 hrs I felt a light shaking of the chair first and then the computer screen shook for about 3 seconds. Everyone in the naval quarters felt the quake and came out of their homes as I too ran out of the house. There has been no damage as of now on the Dolphin hills, Naval residential area.
  • Kolkata - Mild tremors, only differentiable from freight-truck reverb due to longevity.
  • kolkata - i felt light tremors, while I was siting in my bed,while my mother who was siting on the floor was not at all aware of this fact, until I informed her.There were no damage of property
  • visakhapatnam - I was sleeping on the bed and there was a slight trembling sound which I felt as earthquake.......and after 30 min I realized it to be true
  • Cuttack - We could feel the bed, fan, LCD trolly, walls & the whole room swinging. The quake was also felt in the body. After leaving the room also it was felt under the feet and in the head also. The doors & windows were creeking.
  • New Delhi - Was having dinner. Felt the chairs and tables were moving apart.
  • gurgaon - Weak
  • Ranchi - The cots and tables started shaking for about 6 seconds
  • kolkata - No damage to property but I could feel the bed shaking mildly...... Lasted hardly 5-10 seconds
  • visakhapatnam - Felt like someone was moving my bed
  • Chennai - Felt tremors for about 5-7 secs a little after 10 p.m. tonight 21st May 2014
  • Bhubaneshwar - First experience, shaking occurred twice, one after the other...horrified
  • kolkata - no damage to property. some small things moved a little.
  • chennai - I was out when my friend actually felt the shaking for 5 sec.. Also, he said his monitor was shivering for a moment
  • Kolkata - there was a very light shaking
  • kolkata - I was sitting on a mattress on the floor when I felt the was initially strong and then gradually decreased in intensity. The tremor lasted for about 3 to 4minutes. Even my cousin felt it in topsia where the bed shook violently.
  • Bandhabahal - my bed started shaking as if some one is lifting the whole bed and moving it
  • visakhapatnam - I was standing near my window when i heard window glasses shaking strongly. It was for 5secs
  • Kolkata - bed was shaking a little bit...
  • Bhubaneswar - The Floor suddenly started trembling for six to seven seconds
  • Kolkata - I felt it for around 30 seconds to 1 minute, but did not realize if i was feeling dizzy or it was an earthquake as the people near me felt no diff.
  • Delhi, Delhi, India - well i was just studying and then i felt something shaking which i always do idk maybe i get too many headaches but this time it felt real so i grabbed my keys and phone and ran downstairs and met a few people who also felt the shaking and my mum was out shopping so i kinda waited for her to comeback before i went upstairs it was really scary p.s. no damage whatsoever thank god for that
  • ranchi - Its relay very shocking. The building was shaking ....
  • Bhubaneswar - I felt the room shaking for 2-3 seconds and then it went normal... but the shaking came back and again shook for 10-15 seconds.Was scared.
  • Kharagpur - bed shaked
  • Kolkata - Just enough shaking to know that this was a quake and not a truck, too sustained.
  • Chennai - My destop table being shaked while working with that .
  • vizag - city - 3-5 seconds....mild tremor...felt like a vibration in floor
  • ranchi - I felt it when I was at my table.. The building was shaking...every body of my building comes out..Sushovan
  • visakhapatnam - felt a little shake 1st..After sometime again a bit stronger shake was felt. everyone came out of the house.
  • Bbsr - Our dining table in third floor vibrated strongly.dressing table fell down in fourth floor.
  • Bhubaneswar - I was in a shop .Suddenly i felt wall of shop shaking .I was stand by the side of fridge which was shaking to and fro.I immediately left the shop and ask the shopkeeper to evacuate his shop .
  • Kolkata - I was lying on the floor watching IPL. Suddenly I felt dizziness and my head was reeling. It lasted for about 20-30 seconds. I thought I am having problem with my blood pressure.
  • Kolkata - I was on the 7th floor, was working in my desktop , suddenly the chair started shaking and continued till 30/40 sec.
  • Bhubaneshwar - i felt the shake of earthquake. nothing as such was dmanaged here.
  • kolkata - I could feel the ground beneath me lightlty shaking as i was in my room on the pc. Just then my mom calld out to me saying she felt the same we were prepared to go out of the house when it stopped after a few seconds
  • Chennai - Felt a jolt while on cot after 10 pm
  • Chhend Rourkela - Chair, fan and dressing table started shaking...
  • Noida - It was shaking for a long time. I felt it at least twice. I was working on my desk in the office on a computer. I discussed it with my friend sitting next to me but he could not experience it. I looked aroud in the office but due to lack of hanging objects I could not ascertain it. But yes I felt it serously. I thank Allah everybody is safe.
  • chennai - Myself and my friends felt shaking when we are tasting our beer...thank damage to beer
  • visakhapatnam - I have felt it when I was studying in my room. twice. first was mild but the second one is about 1.5 secs.
  • cuttack - Never felt such tremors in my whole life here in cuttack. My first experience. luckily no damage caused.
  • CUTTACK - it was horrible
  • kolkata - Not known as of now about the damage
  • kolkata - Till now no traces of damage.Felt my bed shaking for almost 30 secs
  • Kolkata - Felt moderate shaking around 2200 hrs IST. Initial tremor was strong and lasted for 5 second which later subsided and lasted for more 10-12 second. No property damage as of now.
  • kolkata - Felt for 3-4 secs. I was in office and my desk was shaking. The roof hanging lamp was oscillating after the tremor.
  • chennai - When I was sitting in chair Something pushed me.... Tat moment I was shocked...
  • bhubaneswar - whole building was shaking as if it was a boat on waves, but no damage.
  • bhubaneshwar - We were in the dinning hall (3rd Floor) having food. suddenly our table started vibrate. i thought some one shaking the table. then it started to increase periodically with no time. our professor said its earth quake, before our reaction time the temporary ceiling started to fall.. then Suddenly we were running on stairs.
  • adyar - I felt like somebody shaking my cot.It lasted for 3- 4 secs.Thanks Allah for making it mild and saving us.
  • kharagpur,westbengal - my mom was washing utensils beside when I feel my bed shaking....I thought my mom did so.....but she said no.......even she didn't felt the quakes......later on I realised it was an earthquake........ no damaged occured
  • Kolkata - Very weak shaking for 10-15 seconds. Felt the desk rapidly vibrate from left to right. Similar to a phone's vibration mode.
  • visakhapatnam - I was just lying on my bed when suddenly i felt the bed to be shaking. Initially i didn't mind it much but it did not stop and also the vibration increased periodically. It lasted for about a minute and a half. I live in an apartment in the top floor. Ive seen from my balcony that everyone is coming out of the building and felt its best to follow them. It stopped and did not happen again.
  • Bhubaneshwar - Buildings shook horribly. It lasted for around 40 seconds. Enough to jolt anyone out.
  • visakhapatnam - there were tremors as if the whole room was shuddering showcase glass, bed and the cupboard shuddered there was a vibraton for about 10to12 secs we all ran out to the streets and alerted everybody,we reside near the sea,Visakhapatnam.
  • BHUBANESWAR - I listend a sound like the sound of a sea wave ,suddenly everything including the floor to wall and also stares started shaking.No property or life is damaged ;but for a while everyone's mobile signal was gone..But the sound was really furious.
  • Chennai - I felt drowsy for 2 secs i dont its because of earthshake, and recovered immediately.
  • Bhubaneswar - I was in the kitchen on 2nd floor talking to my room mate then suddenly we heard a heavy sound like the heavy tide sounds in the sea.suddenly everything started shaking.the walls ,floor and even stares were shaked terribly it was very difficult even to grip steps.It continued around 10-20sec.I felt it for the first time in Odisha.No loss of life & property.
  • Bargarh - It was so furious Earthquake we started moving continuusly for 10 to 12 seconds.when we feeled the earthquake we suddenly started running towards down.and we were safe there...
  • Bhubaneswar - I was lying on floor on the top floor of the 3-storeyed building..Could literally hear the pillars shaking with a Dhak-Dhak-Dhak sound..First thought somebody was drilling the wall hence that shaking,later on realised it to be an earthquake..
  • jajpur keonjhar road - We had finished dinner and was sitting in bedroom... Suddenly bed started shaking strongly.... Before we could understand anything all started shouting "Earthquake" and we rushed downstairs...
  • chennai - i am sitting and speaking with my friend , suddenly my body feels an abnormal movement.
  • Chennai - We felt for few seconds
  • chennai - i am sitting in my room and speaking with my friend, suddenly i feel abnormal movement of my body at 9 : 45 pm on 21^st may for 3 ~ 5 seconds .
  • Mumbai - We were in Inorbit Mall coming down the escalator when we felt the escalator shake beneath our feet. My mother who was not on the escalator, felt a bit of vertigo at the same time (she was at the head of the escalator). We attributed it to mechanical fault and did not think much of it till we got the report of earthquake. My mother usually gets vertigo and we thought she was just tired. Now, we don't know if this is the cause.
  • cuttack - I was sleeping on floor in 3rd floor of 6 floor building.flet floor vibration 2times and immdeiatly we come down to down floor.this is my first experience.
  • Visakhapatnam - Property not damaged.. I have a balcony with 30 x 9 iron grill. Entire balcony grill was shaking with sound atleast for 10-12 seconds. We all gone down. Sound was really furious.
  • khurda road,jatni - It was the time 9:35 the first innings of pepsi ipl was over the match between kxip vs mi then our family members were off to bed for a early sleep because my father has a night duty at 2:00 so i also arrived on the bed and all the windows and doors were closed and were to sleep in ac after two minutes it was the time 9:50 slightly than slow our bed was shaking we were four on the bed my parents and myself and by brother then i think my father moves the bed and he was also then it cont .for 2 mi
  • chennai - some errors in television due to the shaking. horror and thriller experience
  • kolkata - water in my bottle was shaking
  • chennai - My bed was shaking for few seconds while i was sleeping.
  • Bhubaneswar - As it was power cut I was standing holding main door first I felt a water bottle fall to the ground within a minute or so the bulding with two floor rocked as some body vibrate a tree with sound like starting of vehicle for few seconds. Within couple of minutes all my family with all neighbours rush to roads and for half / one hour nobody dare to enter house till confirmation news further no denger from the metrological dept. No phone worked at that time. Jayadev Lenka
  • bhubaneswar - I was sitting on the floor of the balcony on the first floor I heard a sound it was very unusual peculiar strange n scary for few seconds then I realized every things was shaking n I ran with my Mom to downstairs outside. It was scary and no damage. It was 5.8
  • Bhubaneswar - First small jolt and just after 10s everything is vibrating with noise.
  • HOWRAH - at around 22.00 pm on 21 may 2014, i felt my bed was shaking,. Before i coud think of its a quake, it went over
  • jaipur(Nalpur) - I was lying on floor, Could literally hear the pillars and bed shaking with a Dhak-Dhak-Dhak sound..First thought somebody was drilling the wall hence that shaking,later on realised it to be an earthquake..
  • Bhubaneswar - I heard the sound & felt like hammered on the Building with a big iron ball,scene like shake the goddess chair when a saint prayer to the god in TV Serial.
  • cuttack - I was lying on my bed listing music At sudden my samsung s4 alert me As I had loaded a weather app First shaking was light for 4 secs Den its was strong for 7 secs my tv and fridge fell off... For 2hours there no cellura network I was shocked!!!!
  • Bhubaneswar - I was on Bed, with laptop,under my room there is garage.I felt bed is shaking and something vibrating strongly like washing machine. I went out side to see is there really something vibrating in again come back and sat in bed, felt same, then i heard a big sound, people are shouting out side, my filter water is shaking.
  • Kolkata - No damage caused.Just a slight movement of bed.
  • Cutttack-753001, Odisha - Felt it around 9:52 pm while watching television. The entire furniture & fixture started shaking. Our entire locality was emptied and the residents were seeing the strong earthquake. It was the 3rd time I felt it in Cuttack. It was really frightening.......
  • Puri - Quake was strong that I felt it while walking on road.
  • Bhubaneswar - I was on bed with laptop, suddenly I felt that bed is shaking, and felt something is vibrating strongly.I thought something might be in garage, that is under my room, came out side to see, found nothing ,come back, sat on bed, again i felt same vibration , then I saw my filter water is making wave. then I heard a big sound outside, people are shouting. this is my 2nd time experience in life,
  • Bhubaneswar - Was on my bed when suddenly I heard my gates rattling tremendously..then I felt myself falling to the side and saw my room move like a wave..was confused and scared..this was my second experience
  • Chennai - My laptop screen began shaking and a lightweight door of the wardrobe which was open very slightly rattled.
  • Visakhapatnam - I was going to sleep when my doors started vibrating. At that time some people were bursting crackers so I thought it was the vibrations of crackers and I went on the the bed when the bed started vibrating and I felt it was an earthquake and I rushed out of my house. The earthquake remained for 40 seconds with an magnitude of 5.8 Ritchie scale. It was around 21:51hrs (9:51 p.m.). There was no damage to property. It was exciting and was my life's first earthquake experience.
  • Bhubaneswar - It stared with light shaking n then suddenly felt like we r in a train , all ran down from from resp. Flats frightened
  • Bhubaneswar - Started wid light tremor and then suddenly everything was shaking badly .it was traumatic experience cud not sleep whole night
  • Chennai - I was sitting on my bed and felt my cot shaking. The water in my fish tank moved and the fishes were jumping. We all ran down.
  • visakhapatnam - I was busy working in the kitchen and a plate fell down from the slab.I thought may be mistakably it fell down when I took the vessel below it.Later my husband who was in the other room told me to come out as he felt the earthquake.
  • VIZAG - I was laying on my bed and suddly window and door started shaking then bed also started shaking.really strange experence form me and my wife
  • Bhubaneswar - Glass and Wall damaged.
  • Chennai - I felt strong vibrations and my 40inch LED TV felldown and broken. I thought my neighbor was hitting nail on wall but no!.. its was earthquake.
  • chennai - I am working in my office at 6th floor. I felt a sudden jolt as if I am being bounced up from the chair and then every thing was calm. I felt it just once and for 1 second
  • KEONJHAR - At around 9.58 pm I along with my friends experienced a sudden earthquake which lasted for 10 seconds. No serious damage occurred only a branch of a mango tree suddenly felt.
  • Bhubaneswar - It was 2nd time in my life to feel terrible quake... but 1st time to feel it under my feet. Sitting in the chair, my laptop and my water bottle started shaking terribly during the first wave.Then, in second wave, it seemed like the walls of my house is moving . Then we all came out of our house for safety - NIRMAL
  • cuttack - Wed 21 may. Watching ipl match mumbai vs punjab. Simmons hitting great shots. Suddenly thr was a mild shaking of the floor , couldn't understand wht was tht. But again in few seco ds thr came the bigger one and everything in the house started shaking. Tht was really horrible as it was the frst time i ever experiennced this. I shouted and told my parents yo step out of the house as soon aa possile as we stay on the frst floor. We stayed out for couple of hours not us but the whole locality was
  • Bhubaneswar - It was a breath taking experience for us. up in the 10th floor, we all shook with the building like anything. Horrible experience it was. We felt it two times, second one stronger than the first one which lasted for about 10 seconds. If it would have lasted for just a few more seconds, we all would not have been alive.
  • Cuttack - At around 9.50 PM, I was taking dinner in the second floor of a building when suddenly the dinner table shook. Then the dining chair on which I was sitting started shaking. The Freeze in front of me shook and the ceiling fan above my head swung. I herded my family immediately to an open space for safety.
  • Bhubaneswar - It was my 3rd experience but the impact was far more worse than previous earthquakes.It really scared the hell out of me!! I was just lying on my bed,when i suddenly felt a slight shaking of bed.Though at first i dismissed it thinking that my little bro is shaking it but it wasn't him!! when i opened my eyes,my dad n mom were just running here n there... some utensils fell out of their place but overall no damage was found.
  • Cuttack - i was sitting in sofa nd it trembeled like anything
  • Chennai - Table was shaking a little twice.
  • Dhaka - I was sleeping in my bed, suddenly my bed started shaking like a cradle....Then I woke up and I feel the sense the apartment is swaying...I ran out on outside...the building gonna fall....So that's the fifth earthquake in Bangladesh ever jolted/shaken....
  • Chittagong - Fans were hanging at side to side, lamps were shaking by the sound of "Khat-khat-khat".....I saw my computer began shaking.....cabinets and tables moving like a wheelchair...glasses clinking, cupboards, utensils and shelves shaking strongly.....then I realized that was a earthquake.....
  • Khulna - i was lying on the bed and watching TV, what a jerk! my TV was shaking like a generator...oh my god...i have been afraid if time this TV will fall and break down...after 3 seconds...i am feeling dizziness, my room was swinging like a mother shouted me that it was a earthquake...what a big crowd in city roads in outside of my house....very strange earthquake i felt
  • Jessore - jessore - I am in studying in next exam, I put my pen in pen holder, sudden the pen as well as holder started swirling, lamps and fans swinging. I am feeling dizziness, but I even thought that room began moving. Tea flasks, water filters and jug started shaking and whirling. What is that? I am confused. My sister told that it was a earthquake.
  • Barisal - I sat on my rocking chair....after a moment, my rocking chair started swinging as like someone pushing me in behind...after a moment the chair foot started rubbing in the ground...I fell and lamps swinging....table fans, jars and other things shaking....I ran out in my house and we saw many crowdy was a earthquake....
  • Patuakhali - Tables and cabinets shook, ceiling tin shed shook with a horrible sound. Cloth storage rocked! WHAT A JOKY EARTHQUAKE!
  • Chennai - I was in my office at 10th floor at Tidel and felt a light shaking. Surprised nobody felt other than me.
  • Kolkata - Circa 20 secondi di forte scossa Aumentati dal fatto che ero al 9 piano di un hotel
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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.
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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.
    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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