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Deadly M6.0 earthquake struck Northern Italy

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Strong, very dangerous, shallow and deadly earthquake with magnitude 6.0 struck Northen Italyat 02:12 UTC on Sunday, May 20, 2012, according to USGS. The epicenter was located 36 km (22 miles) NNW of Bologna, Italy (44.800°N, 11.192°E). Recorded depth by the USGS was 5.1 km (3.2 miles). The heavy shaking lasted about 20 seconds.

EMSC recorded magnitude 6.1 with depth of 10km. A series of strong aftershocks followed.

The earthquake happened in the heavily populated triangle Mantua, Ferrara Modena area.

It produced heavy damage and unfortunately, by reports so far, 4 people have been killed in Ferrara.

At 3:20 a strong aftershock with magnitude 5.0 struck the same region again. As expected, everybody ran to the streets after feeling the shaking.

In San Felice sul Panaro, near Modena, the tower of the fortress collapsed. Another tower went down in Finale Emilia, and a nursing home was evacuated.

Mostly historic buildings have been damaged in the quake. Some churches and older buildings collapsed completely.

Magnitude 6.0
Date-Time
  • Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 02:03:52 UTC
  • Sunday, May 20, 2012 at 04:03:52 AM at epicenter
Location 44.800°N, 11.192°E
Depth 5.1 km (3.2 miles)
Region NORTHERN ITALY
Distances 36 km (22 miles) NNW of Bologna, Italy
69 km (42 miles) E of Parma, Italy
72 km (44 miles) SSE of Verona, Italy
339 km (210 miles) NNW of ROME, Italy
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 10.7 km (6.6 miles); depth +/- 2.6 km (1.6 miles)
Parameters NST=573, Nph=574, Dmin=95.7 km, Rmss=0.98 sec, Gp= 14°,
M-type=(unknown type), Version=E
Source
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usb0009tk0

Historical seismicity since 1900


The earthquake’s epicenter was located in an area which has no damaging earthquakes since a long time.  We have to go back to 1570 for a major earthquake nearFerrara and to even 1346 for another M6 to M7 earthquake at a distance of approx. 20 km from the current epicenter. From 2002 to 2008 6 smaller earthquakes (less than M4) occurred within a radius of 20 km.

The death toll has increased to 6 when a worker was found under the rubble of the Tecopress factory at St. Augustine (Ferrara).

Recorded aftershocks by 09:13 UTC:

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D
GEOFON Northern Italy May 20 09:13 AM 4.5 10.0
USGS Northern Italy May 20 09:13 AM 4.7 10.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 09:13 AM 4.5 2.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 09:13 AM 4.5 2.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 08:47 AM 3.7 10.0
GEOFON Northern Italy May 20 08:47 AM 4.0 5.0
GEOFON Northern Italy May 20 08:15 AM 4.3 10.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 08:15 AM 3.7 10.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 08:05 AM 3.0 15.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 07:51 AM 2.9 15.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 07:42 AM 3.0 15.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 07:23 AM 3.6 10.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 07:00 AM 2.7 30.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 06:41 AM 2.7 10.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 06:32 AM 3.3 30.0
GEOFON Northern Italy May 20 06:32 AM 3.7 2.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 06:13 AM 3.1 18.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 05:45 AM 3.0 2.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 04:57 AM 3.1 10.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 04:50 AM 2.9 10.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 04:33 AM 3.5 10.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 04:22 AM 3.2 10.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 03:44 AM 2.9 10.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 03:34 AM 3.3 10.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 03:32 AM 3.5 15.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 03:07 AM 3.7 10.0
USGS Northern Italy May 20 03:02 AM 5.1 10.0
GEOFON Northern Italy May 20 03:02 AM 5.2 10.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 03:02 AM 5.2 2.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 02:52 AM 3.2 2.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 02:37 AM 3.8 2.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 02:37 AM 4.0 2.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 02:35 AM 4.0 10.0
GEOFON Northern Italy May 20 02:35 AM 4.1 10.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 02:32 AM 3.7 10.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 02:29 AM 3.5 10.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 02:25 AM 3.8 2.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 02:20 AM 4.3 10.0
EMSC Northern Italy May 20 02:03 AM 6.1 10.0
INGV Emilia-romagna – Modena, Italy May 20 02:03 AM 5.9 6.3

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Sources: earthquake-report.comrepubblica.it, USGS

Featured image: repubblica.it

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2 Comments

  1. So this happened 5 days ago and I havent heard about it on the news
    nor has anyone else made a comment???
    what does that say about our human consciousness and how slowly
    it is developing?

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