Very strong and shallow earthquake with magnitude 5.8 struck Northern Italy


Very strong and shallow earthquake with recorded magnitude of 5.8 struck Northern Italy on May 29, 2012 at 7:00 UTC. Recorded depth was 9.6 km (6.0 miles). Epicenter was located 40 km (25 miles) NNW (330°) from Bologna, Italy (44.814°N, 11.079°E).

INGV, the Italian seismological service is reporting a Magnitude of M5.8 at a focal depth of 10.8 km.

At 8:25 UTC magnitude 4.7 strong aftershock was recorded near the same area. At 8:40 UTC another 4.7 magnitude earthquake with depth of 10 km. Many aftershocks have occured by now with magnitudes between 2.9 and 4.0.

At 10:55 UTC a 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck the same area at depth of 9.9 km.

The head of the Civil Defense, Franco Gabrielli, announced that the present dead is now 15.

At least 20 people have been also injured.

Of these all have been in the province of Modena – 3 dead in San Felice sul Panaro: two workers and a technician who were doing some investigations on the static nature of the Meta Industry building, 1 death in Concordia (an elderly person killed by a falling cornice (a common way of death during earthquake, where fancy cornices and non-structural elements fall on people), 1 death in Finale, 1 death of the pastor of Rovereto nel Novi, Don Ivan Martini, the victim of falling debris, 2 women died in Cavezzo. 1 woman died buried beneath the rubble of Furniture Malavasi, 2 dead in the rubble of the factory Bbg San Giacomo Roncole in Mirandola, 1 male worker died by crushing through the collapse of the Haemotronic factory (they produce medical equipment).

There have also been a undisclosed number of injured.

People in panic have been poured into the streets, leaving apartments and offices. Schools have been evacuated.

There were a lot of difficulties with Mobile Communications.

A lot of SAR (Search and Rescue) and Civil Protection is now in the area and will make rescue and damage assessments a lot easier than during the first mainshock.

People in the earthquake area are telling the press that the shaking can be called similar to the mainshock, which would not surprise as the Magnitude was approx. the same.

Magnitude 5.8
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 07:00:03 UTC
  • Tuesday, May 29, 2012 at 09:00:03 AM at epicenter
Location 44.814°N, 11.079°E
Depth 9.6 km (6.0 miles)
  • 40 km (25 miles) NNW (330°) from Bologna, Italy
  • 60 km (37 miles) E (88°) from Parma, Italy
  • 71 km (44 miles) S (175°) from Verona, Italy
  • 149 km (92 miles) NW (313°) from SAN MARINO
Location Uncertainty horizontal +/- 12 km (7.5 miles); depth +/- 4.1 km (2.5 miles)
Parameters NST=400, Nph=401, Dmin=210.4 km, Rmss=1.32 sec, Gp= 25°,
M-type=regional moment magnitude (Mw), Version=A
  • Magnitude: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
    Location: USGS NEIC (WDCS-D)
Event ID usb000a1mn




6000 people are homeless as a result of this earthquake.

Much damage has occurred to cathedrals, buildings and other infrastructure.

The price tag is expected to equal that of the previous quake on 20 May or even exceed it.

Sources: USGS, Earthquake-report

Featured image: Google Earth + USGS

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