Earthquakes in the world on December 15 , 2018 (M4.5 or more)

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
ER I Felt A (not Listed) Earthquake Dec 15 23:59 4.6 0 MAP I Felt It
  • Yorkville - I was sleeping in bed. It woke me up because the bed was rumbling/shaking. I live in a one story house, built on a concrete slab. My dog started whimpering. It lasted between 7:04am-7:05am No damage to house.
  • surrey - FELT TH BED SHAKE AT ABOUT 3.00am TWICE
  • Linko - Light shaking
  • USGS L'esperance Rock, New Zealand Dec 15 23:47 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Lakatoro, Vanuatu Dec 15 21:34 4.9 47 MAP
    EMSC Vanuatu Dec 15 21:34 4.9 47 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Taiwan Dec 15 21:21 5.1 23 MAP
    GEOFON Taiwan Dec 15 21:21 5.2 17 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Hsinchu - maybe around 15 seconds, i’m at my bed and suddenly it began to shake , i’m at the 7th floor of my dorm and i felt it such a shak
  • Taipei - Around 5:20 AM. Sudden and light at first for several seconds, then very weak and sporadic for perhaps 30 seconds.
  • New Taipei City - Around 20 seconds at 12/15 5:21am local time, significant shaking on 11th floor, windows and curtains were making noise.
  • USGS Hualian, Taiwan Dec 15 21:21 5.0 10 MAP
    GEOFON Colombia-ecuador Border Region Dec 15 21:11 4.8 45 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Mindo - Felt shaking for 30 seconds, no damage
  • USGS Otavalo, Ecuador Dec 15 21:11 5.0 47 MAP
    EMSC Colombia-ecuador Border Region Dec 15 21:11 5.0 51 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Banda Sea Dec 15 21:05 4.6 153 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Lakatoro, Vanuatu Dec 15 20:21 5.6 34 MAP
    GEOFON Vanuatu Islands Dec 15 20:21 5.5 32 MAP
    EMSC Vanuatu Dec 15 20:21 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Lakatoro, Vanuatu Dec 15 19:29 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Eastern Honshu, Japan Dec 15 16:28 4.9 73 MAP
    EMSC Eastern Honshu, Japan Dec 15 16:28 4.9 80 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Biak Region, Indonesia Dec 15 14:13 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Iquique, Chile Dec 15 12:12 4.7 16 MAP
    GEOFON Near Coast Of Northern Chile Dec 15 12:12 4.6 10 MAP
    EMSC Offshore Tarapaca, Chile Dec 15 12:12 5.1 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Kermadec Islands, New Zealand Dec 15 09:42 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Raoul Island, New Zealand Dec 15 09:42 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Loyalty Islands Dec 15 08:29 4.8 35 MAP
    USGS Tadine, New Caledonia Dec 15 08:29 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Lakatoro, Vanuatu Dec 15 07:19 4.9 23 MAP
    EMSC Vanuatu Dec 15 07:19 4.9 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Tobelo, Indonesia Dec 15 05:51 4.6 68 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Kepulauan Talaud, Indonesia Dec 15 05:51 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Finschhafen, Papua New Guinea Dec 15 04:33 4.7 140 MAP
    EMSC Eastern New Guinea Reg., P.n.g. Dec 15 04:33 4.7 140 MAP I Felt It INFO

    Data sources courtesy : USGS - EMSC - GFZ - GEONET (New Zealand only)


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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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