Moderate earthquake on the Jordan, Israel border (Dead Sea area) on the day the Pope visits Jordan

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Update 23:17 UTC : We are happy to report that after consulting our many sources, no damage or injuries have been found.

Update 08:55 UTC : This is how the seismogram looks like at nearby Eilat (Israel). Impressive no?

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Eilat (Israel) Seismogram image courtesy Geofon Germany

Update 08:05 UTC : The epicenter of the earthquake is relatively close to Petra Jordan (who suffered a lot of earthquake damage from earthquakes in historic times). We do not think however that this earthquake will lead to serious damage but slight damage is always possible.
If you were one of the people visiting Petra while the earthquake happened, please use the form below to tell us what you felt and if you have seen some damage if any. Thank you
Petra will also be visited by the pope one of the coming days. We do however not expect any serious aftershocks from this earthquake (but to be honest, nobody can predict earthquakes at the current level of science).

Wikipedia CC image by Carlalexanderlukas

Wikipedia CC image by Carlalexanderlukas

Update 08:05 UTC : ER does not expect serious damage from this earthquake as the earthquake type will be probably EXTENSION(to be confirmed)  (2 sides of the Jordan river pulling away from each other). The area has however a potential of an M6 earthquake and historic records are showing some very damaging earthquakes.

Update : Exactly on the day that the pope has boarded an airplane towards Amman, Jordan, an earthquake struck the border area in between Jordan and Israel also exactly the 2 countries the Pope will visit.

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35km (22mi) ESE of Mizpe Ramon, Israel
39km (24mi) NW of Petra, Jordan
53km (33mi) SW of At Tafilah, Jordan
59km (37mi) SSE of Dimona, Israel
136km (85mi) S of Jerusalem, Israel

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.1

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2014-05-24 10:27:30

GMT/UTC Time : 2014-05-24 07:27:30

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Mizpe Ramon, Israel May 24 07:27 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
GEOFON Dead Sea Region May 24 07:27 4.1 13 MAP
EMSC Dead Sea Region May 24 07:27 4.2 12 MAP
  • Petah Tikva - juste felt the furniture move slightly..nothing else.
  • Be'er Sheva - Sitting at my desk which seemed to roll fluid like for maybe a second. Felt like something hit the building.
  • Jerusalem - felt some very light but apparent shaking for about 5 seconds
  • Jerusalem - some furniture vibrated for about 10 sec.
  • Aqaba - No damage... Just felt slight movement...
  • Petra - House was shaking quite strong. Some cracks in the walls got bigger.
  • Eilat - Just felt slight movement shaking for about 5 seconds
  • Beit Sahour - Just mild movement, few seconds only
  • Petra - No damages seen in Petra, but we heard the sound and felt slight moving
  • Mitzpe Ramon - first heard a cracking noise in the wall (no damage seen afterward) and then a second later felt shaking for 4 seconds, and heard a loud boom noise.
  • Al Eis (next to Tafilah) - May 24, 2014 at about 10:30 am I felt how the floor, on which I slept, was shaken, like 2 seconds. Also we heard the sound like a crack goes on our walls and ceiling but there is no visual damage.
  • Petra - No damage can be seen, windows rattled. Felt like a large truck passing by.
  • Umm Sayhoun/Petra - Strange movement of the floor, followed by trembling of the walls and a roaring noise. Little cement fall from the walls, and 2 small cracks appeared later in plaster layer of the walls.

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    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.
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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).
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    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.
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    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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