Moderate mag. 5.5 earthquake - EASTERN TURKEY on Sunday, 27 December 2020 at 06:37 (GMT) - information

Moderate mag. 5.5 earthquake - 21 km south of Elâzığ, Elazığ, Turkey, on Sunday, 27 Dec 2020 9:37 am (GMT +3)

- Moderate mag. 5.5 earthquake  - 21 km south of Elâzığ, Elazığ, Turkey, on Sunday, 27 Dec 2020 9:37 am (GMT +3)

Moderate magnitude 5.5 earthquake at 2 km depth

27 Dec 06:41 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 4 minutes.
27 Dec 06:42: Magnitude recalculated from 5.3 to 5.5. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 2.0 to 10.0 km (from 1.2 to 6.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 10 km (6.2 mi) towards S.
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27 Dec 08:09: Magnitude recalculated from 5.4 to 5.5.
Update Sun, 27 Dec 2020, 06:48
Significant earthquake of magnitude 6.4 just reported 10 km northwest of Sivrice, Turkey
6.4 quake 23 km south of Elâzığ, Elazığ, Turkey, 27 Dec 9:37 am (GMT +3)
6.4 quake 23 km south of Elâzığ, Elazığ, Turkey, 27 Dec 9:37 am (GMT +3)
Turkey was shaken near Sivrice, Elazığ, by an earthquake of magnitude 6.4 only 11 minutes ago, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported.
The quake hit at a very shallow depth of 5 km beneath the epicenter near Sivrice, Elazığ, Turkey, in the morning on Sunday 27 December 2020 at 9:37 am local time. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. 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.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) which listed the quake at magnitude 5.4.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should have been felt by everybody in the area of the epicenter. In those areas, dangerous ground shaking occurred with the potential to inflict moderate to heavy damage to buildings and other infrastructure.
Towns or cities where the quake likely caused strong ground shaking include
Moderate shaking probably occurred in Çüngüş (pop. 5,100) located 30 km from the epicenter, Baskil (pop. 15,900) 35 km away, Çermik (pop. 21,000) 43 km away, Ergani (pop. 52,700) 53 km away, and Kovancılar (pop. 23,000) 64 km away.
In Diyarbakır (pop. 644,800) located 108 km from the epicenter, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 27 Dec 2020 06:37:32 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Sunday, 27 Dec 2020 9:37 am (GMT +3)
Magnitude: 5.5
Depth: 2.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 38.49°N / 39.21°E (Elazığ, Turkey)
Nearest volcano: Karaca Dağ (102 km / 63 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
10 km (6 mi) WNW of Sivrice (pop: 5,480) --> See nearby quakes!
21 km (13 mi) S of Elâzığ (pop: 298,000) --> See nearby quakes!
35 km (22 mi) ESE of Baskil (pop: 15,900) --> See nearby quakes!
44 km (28 mi) NNW of Çermik (Diyarbakır) (pop: 21,000) --> See nearby quakes!
53 km (33 mi) WNW of Ergani (Diyarbakır) (pop: 52,700) --> See nearby quakes!
62 km (39 mi) WSW of Kovancılar (pop: 23,000) --> See nearby quakes!
79 km (49 mi) ENE of Malatya (pop: 441,800) --> See nearby quakes!
82 km (51 mi) N of Siverek (Şanlıurfa) (pop: 175,300) --> See nearby quakes!
226 km (141 mi) NE of Gaziantep (pop: 1,066,000) --> See nearby quakes!
570 km (354 mi) ESE of Ankara (pop: 3,517,200) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Clear Sky -2°C (28 F), humidity: 92%, wind: 1 m/s (1 kts)
Primary data source: EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Estimated released energy: 1.1 x 1013 joules (3.12 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 2682 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) More info
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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.
MagnitudeDepthLocationSource
M 5.52 kmEASTERN TURKEYEMSC
M 5.410 kmTurkeyGFZ
M 5.66 kmKAVAKTEPE-(ELAZIG), TurkeyKOERI-RETMC
M 5.510 km8 Km WNW of Sivrice, TurkeyUSGS
M 5.52.8 kmTurkeyGeoAu
M 5.510 km土耳其, TurkeyCEIC
M 5.810 kmTurkeyBMKG
M 5.510 km土耳其, TurkeyCEIC
M 5.510 km土耳其, TurkeyCEIC
M 5.510 km土耳其, TurkeyCEIC
M 5.65 kmEastern TurkeyNIEP

User reports for this quake (31)

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Elazig / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : Caught when sleeping. Couldn’t move anywhere until it ends. | 3 users found this interesting.
Batman / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : We all woke up scared | 2 users found this interesting.
Elazığ / Severe shaking (MMI VIII) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 5-10 s : I was sleeping and I woke up with a great sound. After that it started to shaking. I run to my family. We tried to stay together because everybody thought the building was going to collapse and if that happens rescuing us would be easier. Some of our books fell. Luckily we are good now.
Elazig / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : Caught when sleeping. Couldn’t move anywhere until it ends. | One user found this interesting.
Sanliurfa / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : I woke up | One user found this interesting.
Elazig / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) / 5-10 s : Min. 5.6 | One user found this interesting.
1.5 km SW of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single vertical bump / very short
Umraniye (909 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt
972.4 km W of epicenter [Map] / not felt
2737.2 km NW of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
892.9 km W of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe / 10-15 s
Fethiye (911.1 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
sanliurfa (152.1 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 10-15 s
Dalyan Turkey (947.7 km W of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
152 km SSW of epicenter [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) (reported through our app)
Al hassaka Syria (256.9 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 5-10 s
Elazığ / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / very short : Uykudan uyandırdı , eşyalar sallandı
Gaziantep / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s
Elazığ / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 10-15 s : Uyurken yatağın sallandığını, yatak dolabının sallandığını hissettim
Dalyan / Weak shaking (MMI III) / simple rolling (tilting sideways along one direction) / 5-10 s
Malatya / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 10-15 s
Elazig/Turkey / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) / 5-10 s
Keban / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s
mugla / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Keban / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / rattling, vibrating / 15-20 s
şanlıurfa / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s
Elazığ / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
Elazığ / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 20-30 s
Batman, Turkey / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
Sanliurfa / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) / 2-5 s
Diyarbakir / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single lateral shake / 10-15 s
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Aftershocks of the 5.5 quake 21 km south of Elâzığ, Elazığ, Turkey, 27 Dec 2020 9:37 am (GMT +3)

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (84 quakes):
  • 22 Jan 2021 09:34 UTC
    | M 2.1 |
    6.3 km (3.9 mi) depth
    |
    11 km (7 mi) distance
    | KOERI-RETMC | Details
  • 20 Jan 2021 16:17 UTC
    | M 2.8 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    |
    5 km (3 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 20 Jan 2021 12:32 UTC
    | M 2.4 |
    9 km (5.6 mi) depth
    |
    5 km (3 mi) distance
    | KOERI-RETMC | Details
  • 20 Jan 2021 11:16 UTC
    | M 2.2 |
    8.8 km (5.5 mi) depth
    |
    4 km (3 mi) distance
    | KOERI-RETMC | Details
  • 20 Jan 2021 08:37 UTC
    | M 3.2 |
    5 km (3.1 mi) depth
    |
    8 km (5 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 19 Jan 2021 18:31 UTC
    | M 2.8 |
    2 km (1.2 mi) depth
    |
    12 km (7 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 18 Jan 2021 05:57 UTC
    | M 2.4 |
    6 km (3.7 mi) depth
    |
    10 km (6 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 17 Jan 2021 09:36 UTC
    | M 2.1 |
    5.7 km (3.5 mi) depth
    |
    4 km (2 mi) distance
    | KOERI-RETMC | Details
  • 17 Jan 2021 09:24 UTC
    | M 4.1 |
    2 km (1.2 mi) depth
    |
    6 km (3 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 17 Jan 2021 08:25 UTC
    | M 2.3 |
    7.4 km (4.6 mi) depth
    |
    5 km (3 mi) distance
    | KOERI-RETMC | Details
  • 14 Jan 2021 23:49 UTC
    | M 2.6 |
    7 km (4.3 mi) depth
    |
    1 km (1 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 14 Jan 2021 18:56 UTC
    | M 2.6 |
    7 km (4.3 mi) depth
    |
    3 km (2 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 14 Jan 2021 13:07 UTC
    | M 2.0 |
    8.6 km (5.3 mi) depth
    |
    31 km (19 mi) distance
    | KOERI-RETMC | Details
  • 13 Jan 2021 22:26 UTC
    | M 2.7 |
    2 km (1.2 mi) depth
    |
    6 km (4 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 13 Jan 2021 19:48 UTC
    | M 2.2 |
    7 km (4.3 mi) depth
    |
    6 km (3 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • 12 Jan 2021 05:44 UTC
    | M 2.6 |
    2 km (1.2 mi) depth
    |
    11 km (7 mi) distance
    | EMSC | Details
  • Show all

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Moderate mag. 5.5 earthquake - 21 km south of Elâzığ, Elazığ, Turkey, on Sunday, 27 Dec 2020 9:37 am (GMT +3)

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