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Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - Eastern Mediterranean, 112 km south of Birkirkara, Malta, on Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023 at 9:25 pm (GMT +1) -

Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - Eastern Mediterranean, 112 km south of Birkirkara, Malta, on Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023 at 9:25 pm (GMT +1) Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - Eastern Mediterranean, 112 km south of Birkirkara, Malta, on Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023 at 9:25 pm (GMT +1)

Strong magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 10 km depth

24 Jan 20:29 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 4 minutes.
24 Jan 20:29: Now using data updates from GFZ
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27 Jan 18:26: Epicenter location corrected by 0.7 km (0.4 mi) towards NNE.
Update Tue, 24 Jan 2023, 20:45

Moderate 4.8 quake hits near Qormi, Malta

4.8 quake 24 Jan 9:25 pm (GMT +1)
4.8 quake 24 Jan 9:25 pm (GMT +1)
A magnitude 4.8 earthquake near Qormi, Malta, was reported only 19 minutes ago by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter in the evening on Tuesday, January 24th, 2023, at 9:25 pm local time. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
A second report was later issued by the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake, which listed it as a magnitude 4.8 earthquake as well. Other agencies reporting the same quake include the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 4.9, and the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) at magnitude 5.0.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Birzebbuga (pop. 8,700) located 113 km from the epicenter, Mqabba (pop. 2,900) 115 km away, Paula (pop. 9,300) 118 km away, Qormi (pop. 18,200) 118 km away, Mdina (pop. 360) 119 km away, Imtarfa (pop. 2,400) 119 km away, and Senglea (pop. 3,000) 119 km away.
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Earthquake details

Date & timeJan 24, 2023 20:25:34 UTC -
Local time at epicenterTuesday, Jan 24, 2023 at 9:25 pm (GMT +1)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.3
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude34.8994°N / 14.3274°E (Eastern Mediterranean, Malta)
Antipode34.899°S / 165.673°W
Shaking intensityModerate shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearby towns and cities104 km (65 mi) S of Żurrieq (pop: 9,150) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
106 km (66 mi) S of Mqabba (pop: 2,890) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
109 km (68 mi) S of Paula (pop: 9,260) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
109 km (68 mi) S of Qormi (pop: 18,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
110 km (68 mi) S of Mdina (pop: 360) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
111 km (69 mi) S of Imtarfa (pop: 2,430) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
111 km (69 mi) S of Senglea (pop: 2,960) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
112 km (69 mi) S of Birkirkara (pop: 21,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
112 km (69 mi) S of Birgu (pop: 2,940) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
112 km (70 mi) S of Floriana (pop: 2,520) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
112 km (70 mi) S of Ta’ Xbiex (pop: 1,640) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
113 km (70 mi) S of Valleta (pop: 6,790) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
125 km (78 mi) S of Għajnsielem (pop: 3,260) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
110 km (68 mi) S of Malta Island (pop: 388,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeLight Rain 13.4°C (56 F), humidity: 82%, wind: 6 m/s (12 kts) from E
Estimated seismic energy released5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.310 km104 Km S of Żurrieq, MaltaUSGS
5.010 kmMalta: 631 Km WSW From Volimes ZakyntosNOA
5.310 kmMalta: CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN SEAEMSC
5.310 kmMalta: Central Mediterranean SeaRaspberryShake
5.616 kmMalta [Sea]INGV
5.310 km105 Km S of Żurrieq, MaltaGFZ
5.310 kmMalta: Central Mediterranean SeaIRIS

User reports for this quake

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
There are no user reports for this quake.

Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (42 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Feb 5, 2023 05:49
1 day 24 hours ago
3.5

13 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 119 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Feb 4, 2023 11:46
3 days ago
3.1

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 111 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Feb 4, 2023 06:04
3 days ago - felt
4.9

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 114 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Feb 2, 2023 22:29
4 days ago
3.6

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 125 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Feb 2, 2023 21:24
4 days ago
3.0

22 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 120 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Feb 2, 2023 02:55
5 days ago - felt
3.4

15 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 119 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Feb 1, 2023 23:55
5 days ago
2.9

9 km
Eastern Mediterranean, MaltaMore
Feb 1, 2023 23:44
5 days ago
3.9

19 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 120 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Feb 1, 2023 22:21
5 days ago
2.9

17 km
Eastern Mediterranean, MaltaMore
Feb 1, 2023 17:54
5 days ago - felt
3.5

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 120 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Feb 1, 2023 04:37
6 days ago - felt
3.7

9 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 118 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 31, 2023 19:09
6 days ago - felt
4.0

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 126 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 31, 2023 19:02
6 days ago
3.7

11 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 135 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 31, 2023 12:12
7 days ago
3.1

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 123 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 31, 2023 06:57
7 days ago
3.7

20 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 122 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 31, 2023 00:43
7 days ago - felt
4.6

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 119 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 30, 2023 20:13
7 days ago - felt
3.5

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 122 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 30, 2023 20:10
7 days ago - felt
3.8

18 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 115 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 30, 2023 19:55
7 days ago - felt
5.3

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 98 km S of Żurrieq, MaltaMore
Jan 30, 2023 05:57
8 days ago
3.2

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 121 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 30, 2023 04:56
8 days ago
3.2

17 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 121 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 30, 2023 04:14
8 days ago - felt
2.9

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, MaltaMore
Jan 30, 2023 01:02
8 days ago - felt
4.3

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 119 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 29, 2023 18:06
8 days ago - felt
3.5

19 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 115 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 27, 2023 17:38
10 days ago - felt
4.2

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 124 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 27, 2023 02:32
11 days ago
3.8

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 125 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 26, 2023 18:04
11 days ago
3.8

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 130 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 26, 2023 01:52
12 days ago
3.4

26 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 120 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 26, 2023 01:49
12 days ago
3.2

1 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 121 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 26, 2023 01:05
12 days ago
3.7

14 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 118 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 21:51
12 days ago - felt
3.9

9.5 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 120 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 20:41
12 days ago
3.5

16 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 120 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 18:53
12 days ago
3.4

19 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 117 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 14:40
13 days ago
3.6

9.7 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 124 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 12:09
13 days ago
3.2

25 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 99 km S of Żurrieq, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 11:57
13 days ago
2.9

23 km
Eastern Mediterranean, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 07:54
13 days ago - felt
4.0

19 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 117 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 06:44
13 days ago
3.8

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 107 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 03:28
13 days ago
3.9

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 112 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 01:12
13 days ago
4.1

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 126 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 00:22
13 days ago
3.4

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 98 km S of Żurrieq, MaltaMore
Jan 24, 2023 22:10
13 days ago
3.8

39 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 136 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore

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