Deadly shallow earthquakes in the Apennines, Central Italy

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Update 17:11 UTC : We are happy to report that a mother and her baby have been rescued out of a collapsed house.

Update 17:09 UTC : The bell tower of St Augustine church in Amatrice has now collapsed too. The Church was almost completely devastated by the August 24 earthquake.

Update 17:04 UTC : The mayor of Teramo says : "we are left to ourselves" as aid and rescue has a lot of difficulties to reach the small villages due to the thick layer of snow. So far only additional damage is reported (from the already severely damaged August 24 earthquake)

Update 11:12 UTC : Some reports are mentioning collapsed walls but so far no reports of injuries or fatalities.

Update 11:07 UTC : Local media reports that the already damaged rubble from Amatrice and surroundings (August 24 earthquake) is further reduced to rubble. Images are showing that almost NOTHING has been cleared since August 24!

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Update 10:58 UTC : The same epicenter region was very hard hit with devastating damage in August 2016. A strong aftershock in October generated additional damage. The entire region has not yet found stability again (and will never reach it as 2 plates are separating from each other).

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Update 10:53 UTC : The Rome subway (lines A and B) have been stopped as a precautionary measure

Update 10:48 UTC : NO reports of serious damage as yet. The (Ansa) image shows the situation in the earthquake area.

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Update 10:34 UTC : The Magnitude of the first earthquake has been decreased to 5.1 by INGV . The last one had a Magnitude of M5.4 - same hypocenter depth + a whole bunch of aftershocks.

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Update 10:26 UTC : A new earthquake happened shortly ago. It was felt a little stronger in Rome and surroundings. Preliminary data show a Magnitude of M5.5. The many strong aftershocks are a returning pattern in the Apennines.

Update 10:20 UTC : The mayor of Ascoli Piceno (close to the epicenter) main concern is getting to the small villages in breaking the wall of snow! Electricity has already been jeopardized by the snowfall and then the earthquake on top of it. He also said that he had not received any reports of damage so far. Another concern he has is that the weight of snow combined with eventual damage of the earthquake can worsen the impact.

Update 10:20 UTC : Schools in Rieti en surroundings have been stopped until further notice.

Update 10:19 UTC : The earthquake was well felt in Rome and Florence

Update 10:16 UTC : An additional misery for an earthquake at this time of the year is the snow in the mountains as you can see on the image below

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Update 10:04 UTC :  INGV (Italy) data
INGV expects strong shaking in a radius of approx. 25 km around the epicenter.

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USGS data :

Accumoli, Italy
4.5 km (2.8 mi) SWPopulation: 198
Ascoli Piceno, Italy
36.2 km (22.5 mi) SWPopulation: 41,741
L'Aquila, Italy
37.7 km (23.4 mi) NNWPopulation: 33,691
Teramo, Italy
39.6 km (24.6 mi) WPopulation: 36,099
Spoleto, Italy
40.1 km (24.9 mi) ESEPopulation: 19,266

Update 09:38 UTC : Today's earthquake is although moderate in strength also very shallow which makes it moderately dangerous.

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111 km NE of Roma, Italy / pop: 2,564,000 / local time: 10:25:42.4 2017-01-18
36 km N of L’Aquila, Italy / pop: 68,600 / local time: 10:25:42.4 2017-01-18
28 km SW of Ascoli Piceno, Italy / pop: 51,400 / local time: 10:25:42.4 2017-01-18

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2017-01-18 10:25:43

GMT/UTC Time : 2017-01-18 09:25:43

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 23:56 3.0 9 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 23:54 2.6 12 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 23:33 2.6 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 22:48 2.5 15 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 22:44 3.1 11 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 22:21 2.5 12 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 22:18 2.7 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 21:57 2.8 8 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 21:31 3.3 11 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 21:24 2.6 9 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 20:23 3.1 14 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 19:47 2.5 12 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Central Italy Jan 18 19:32 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 19:32 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 18:54 2.7 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 18:42 3.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 18:36 2.5 12 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 18:21 2.6 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 18:16 2.7 12 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 18:03 3.3 9 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 17:45 3.1 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 17:43 2.5 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 17:27 3.3 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 17:26 2.5 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 17:18 2.6 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 17:13 2.6 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 17:10 2.8 9 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 17:09 3.8 11 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Central Italy Jan 18 17:09 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 16:53 2.7 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 16:46 2.5 11 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Central Italy Jan 18 16:45 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 16:45 3.7 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 16:31 2.9 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 16:25 2.7 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 16:14 2.5 12 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 16:13 2.5 15 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 16:12 2.8 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 16:06 2.9 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 15:59 2.8 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 15:52 2.5 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 15:51 2.7 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 15:46 2.6 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 15:43 2.9 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 15:35 2.6 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 15:28 2.5 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 15:18 2.9 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 15:16 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Central Italy Jan 18 15:16 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Amatrice, Italy Jan 18 15:16 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 15:13 2.9 8 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 15:11 3.6 9 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 15:06 2.5 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 15:00 2.6 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 14:56 2.8 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 14:55 2.5 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 14:52 3.4 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 14:48 3.3 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 14:40 2.5 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 14:37 3.6 9 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 14:33 3.0 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 14:29 2.5 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 14:24 2.6 8 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 14:22 2.7 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 14:18 2.8 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 14:12 3.3 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 14:07 2.5 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 14:05 2.5 9 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 14:03 2.8 12 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Central Italy Jan 18 14:01 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 14:01 3.8 8 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 14:00 3.2 13 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 13:56 3.5 15 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 13:55 2.7 12 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 13:53 2.8 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 13:49 2.9 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 13:43 3.0 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 13:41 2.5 12 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 13:39 3.2 9 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 13:37 3.2 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 13:35 3.8 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 13:33 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Central Italy Jan 18 13:33 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Montereale, Italy Jan 18 13:33 5.2 6 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 13:30 3.0 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 13:27 2.6 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 13:22 2.7 11 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Central Italy Jan 18 13:20 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 13:19 3.8 12 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 13:18 2.5 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 13:11 2.8 12 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 12:42 2.9 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 12:41 2.7 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 12:38 2.8 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 12:34 2.7 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 12:32 3.1 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 12:30 3.5 12 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 12:26 2.5 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 12:25 2.7 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 12:16 2.7 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 12:14 3.3 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 12:10 2.9 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 12:07 2.5 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 12:05 2.9 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 12:03 2.8 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Central Italy Jan 18 12:01 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Amatrice, Italy Jan 18 12:01 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 12:01 4.1 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 11:56 2.9 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 11:51 2.6 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 11:39 2.7 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 11:34 2.8 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 11:30 2.6 4 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 11:26 2.6 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 11:22 2.9 12 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 11:21 2.6 5 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 11:20 2.5 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 11:16 2.5 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 11:13 2.8 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 11:11 2.6 11 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Central Italy Jan 18 11:07 4.4 9 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Arquata Del Tronto, Italy Jan 18 11:07 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 11:07 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 11:04 3.4 12 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 11:00 3.5 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 10:53 3.0 9 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 10:51 3.5 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 10:46 2.9 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 10:43 3.0 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 10:41 3.7 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Montereale, Italy Jan 18 10:39 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 10:39 4.1 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 10:37 3.7 13 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 10:33 3.2 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 10:29 3.8 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 10:25 5.3 9 MAP I Felt It
USGS Amatrice, Italy Jan 18 10:25 5.6 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Central Italy Jan 18 10:25 5.5 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 10:24 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Montereale, Italy Jan 18 10:24 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 10:24 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 10:22 3.2 12 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 10:21 3.1 8 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 10:19 3.2 11 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 10:16 4.6 11 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Montereale, Italy Jan 18 10:16 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Amatrice, Italy Jan 18 10:15 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 10:15 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Central Italy Jan 18 10:14 5.7 9 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Amatrice, Italy Jan 18 10:14 5.7 10 MAP I Felt It


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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) ?
People
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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