Moderate earthquake near Plovdiv, Bulgaria - February 21, 2018

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Damage report in cooperation with the 2018 Earthquake Impact Database

Update 10:33 UTC: The mayor said that only a water pipe was broken and that personnel of the water company repaired it. So far no other signs of damage.

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Update 00:36 UTC: Shaking map with possible related damage from the natural disaster specialists at CATnews (Risklayer - CEDIM), Karlsruhe, Germany. Map generated by Andreas Schäfer.

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Update 00:01 UTC: The Plovdiv area has had some massive earthquakes in the past.

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Update 23:59 UTC: Seismogram as recorded in a seismological station in Komotini, Greece

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Update 23:57 UTC: The Plovdiv earthquake was also felt in Macedonia and in Greece

Update 23:54 UTC: The epicenter was very close to Plovdiv

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Update 23:51 UTC: Based on the present earthquake parameters (Magnitude, Depth, Population, etc) and our experience with earthquake damage impact, does expect at least some slight damage like cracks in walls, fallen tiles, etc. because of the shallow depth of the hypocenter

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.3

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2018-02-22 01:41:58

GMT/UTC Time : 2018-02-21 23:41:58

Depth (Hypocenter) : 14 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Asenovgrad, Bulgaria Feb 21 23:41 4.3 8 MAP
  • Bankso - Light shaking
  • GEOFON Bulgaria Feb 21 23:41 4.8 10 MAP
    EMSC Bulgaria Feb 21 23:41 4.3 14 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Sofia - Two or three seconds. No damage.
  • Sofia - 5 secondes
  • Plovdiv - Weak shaking
  • Sofya - Sonuna doğru uyandım ama beşik gibi sallanıyordu yatağım tavandan sıva düştüğünü bile gördüm.
  • Sofia - 2 separate shakes, each around 3-4 seconds. no damage
  • Sofia - 30 seconds
  • Sofia - Very weak shaking
  • Sofia - Light shaking
  • Plovdiv - Light shaking
  • Asenovgrad - Moderate shaking
  • Sofia - 2-4 seconds, no damage
  • Sofia - Local time in Sofia Bulgaria was around 1:42 AM Heard a very low rumbling that must have come from the building? Felt shaking, objects in room visibly shook. No damage or anything beyond this.
  • Pazardzhik - 15 seconds
  • Plovdiv - Moderate shaking
  • Plovdiv - Only lasted couple of seconds but all the neighbours got woken up at 1.45am when everyone was sleeping. No damage to any building.
  • Hissar - Felt like someone was jumping up and down in the bed next to me and it also felt like someone was moving the ground back and forth underneath my feet.
  • Samokov - Weak shaking
  • Sofia - While sleeping awoke for strong shaking lamps shooke
  • Bansko - Woken by the shaking of building & rattling of loose wardrobe doors but husband & child were not awoken , dogs barking.
  • Asenovgrad - Very weak shaking
  • Plovdiv - 3-4 seconds
  • Plovdiv - Moderate shaking
  • Закинтос - 4-5 секунд
  • Plovdiv - A few seconds
  • Xanthi, Greece - lasted 2-3 seconds. weak shaking, no damage
  • Plovdiv - Furniture shaking a lot (7th floor building), moved my whole body whilst sitting. Small items displaced. Lasted approximately 5 seconds. Wall decorations displaced.
  • Povdiv - Moderate shaking
  • Sofia - Light shaking
  • Plovdiv - 15-30 sec. no damaged
  • Plovdiv - Moderate shaking
  • Plovdiv, Bulgarije - 15 seconde lang en sterk aarbeving . Maar momenteel geen schade
  • София - Около 01:50 около 4 секунди продължение
  • Sofia - Short one, horizontal, woke me up, so it was clearly felted.
  • Bansko - 5 seconds of shaking. Wardrobe door tapping against eachother bed moving
  • Sofia - 3-4 seconds
  • Sofia - Woke me up
  • Haskovo - Яко тресееее кой ебал ебал
  • Pleven - Moderate shaking
  • Petrich - Weak shaking
  • Plovdiv - The solid shaking woke me up immediately (i’m a pretty deep sleeper), lasted about 3-4 seconds, luckily no damage in the house
  • Plovdiv - 2-3 seconds, No damage
  • Plovdiv - Moderate shaking
  • Sofia - I was sitting on my sofa and felt the sofa shaking, thought it was me shaking first then i saw the sofa shaking.
  • Asenovgrad - It woke me up in panic.
  • Bansko - I was sleping and the bed was shaking. It was a light one.
  • Plovdiv - Live on the fifth floor, shaking was enough to wake us up. Windows were rattling and large furniture was shaking. Lasted nearly ten seconds from when I woke up.
  • Bansko - I felt that the bed was shaking and the wardrope. It lasted for about ten secs, first stronger than it became weaker and stopped. No damages noticed
  • Bansko - 3-4 seconds, bed was shaking.
  • Hrabrino - Wie Steine in der Betonmaschine ca.6 Sekunden,dann horizontaler Stoss gegen das Haus
  • Plovdiv - Strong shaking
  • Sevlievo - 3-4 seconds - woke me up - the bed felt like is was vibrating. No damage to my property.
  • Plovdiv - around 1am I felt the building was shaking strongly, fortunately no damage.
  • Sofia - After midnight for about a minute.Felt a weak shaking on the matress that woke me up.
  • Plovdiv - Under ten seconds of shaking but woke us up, fifth floor apartment.
  • Plovdiv - Nous avons été réveillés par un tremblement soutenu de 10 à 15 secondes. Le lit tremblait avec des bruits de cliquetis...
  • sofia - Weak shaking
  • pazardzhik - Weak shaking
  • Plovdiv centre - Several seconds after we woke up due to moving bed. Paintings were crooked afterwards. No damage.
  • Plovdiv - About 10 - 15 seconds of shaking .
  • Plovdiv - The shaking was enough to wake me from my sleep, the bed was moving and it also opened a window.No damage.
  • Plovdiv - Light shaking




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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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