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Strong mag. 5.7 Earthquake - Bosnia Serb Republic, 89 km south of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, on Friday, Apr 22, 2022, at 11:07 pm (Sarajevo time)

A strong magnitude 5.7 earthquake hit 89 km (55 mi) away from Sarajevo, Federation of B&H,  Bosnia and Herzegovina, late in the evening of Friday, Apr 22, 2022 at 11.07 pm local time (Europe/Sarajevo GMT +2). The quake had a very shallow depth of 10 km (6 mi) and was felt over a large region. The shallow depth of the quake caused it to be felt more strongly near the epicenter than a deeper quake of similar magnitude would.

Strong mag. 5.7 Earthquake - Bosnia Serb Republic, 89 km south of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, on Friday, Apr 22, 2022, at 11:07 pm (Sarajevo time) Strong mag. 5.7 Earthquake - Bosnia Serb Republic, 89 km south of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, on Friday, Apr 22, 2022, at 11:07 pm (Sarajevo time)

Strong magnitude 5.7 earthquake at 10 km depth

22 Apr 21:09 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 2 minutes.
22 Apr 21:10: Now using data updates from GFZ
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22 Apr 21:39: Epicenter location corrected by 1.7 km (1.1 mi) towards WSW.
Update Fri, 22 Apr 2022, 21:33

Significant 5.7 quake hits near Sarajevo, Sarajevo Canton, Federation of B&H, Bosnia & Herzegovina

5.7 quake 22 Apr 11:07 pm (GMT +2)
5.7 quake 22 Apr 11:07 pm (GMT +2)
An earthquake of magnitude 5.7 occurred only 25 minutes ago 88 km south of Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, the United States Geological Survey reported.
The quake hit at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter near Sarajevo, Sarajevo Canton, Federation of B&H, Bosnia & Herzegovina, late at night on Friday, April 22nd, 2022, at 11:07 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 Italy's National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology (INGV), which listed it as a magnitude 6.0 earthquake. Other agencies reporting the same quake include the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) at magnitude 5.6, the citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake at magnitude 5.7, and the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 5.7.
Generally quakes of this magnitude are recorded by more than one agency and the results can vary, with subsequent reports that come in after the first one often showing more accuracy.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should have been widely felt by almost everyone in the area of the epicenter. It might have caused light to moderate damage.
Moderate shaking probably occurred in Stolac (pop. 7,700) located 19 km from the epicenter, Nevesinje (pop. 7,300) 23 km away, and Bileća (pop. 13,300) 28 km away.
In Trebinje (pop. 33,200) located 41 km from the epicenter, Mostar (pop. 104,500) 44 km away, and Sarajevo (pop. 696,700) 88 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Podgorica (pop. 236,900) located 111 km from the epicenter.
VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. If you're in the area, please send us your experience through our reporting mechanism, either online or via our mobile app. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.
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Earthquake details

Date & timeApr 22, 2022 21:07:48 UTC
Local time at epicenterFriday, Apr 22, 2022, at 11:07 pm (Europe/Sarajevo GMT +2)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.7
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude43.0608°N / 18.1759°E Bosnia Serb Republic, Bosnia & Herzegovina
Also near: Montenegro 27 km (17 mi) away | Croatia 35 km (22 mi) away | Serbia 98 km (61 mi) away | Albania 129 km (80 mi) away
Seismic antipode43.0608°S / 161.824°W
Shaking intensityStrong shaking near epicenter
Felt1502 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 11.6°C (53 F), humidity: 95%, wind: 2 m/s (3 kts) from S
Estimated seismic energy released2.2 x 1013 joules (6.22 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 5351 tons of TNT or 0.3 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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Dubrovnik, Dalmatinska Ulica / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / rattling, vibrating / very short : I felt my whole apartment move back and forth along with the whole building during the second shake, first was much weaker. | 8 users found this interesting.  
Kavač / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / complex rolling (tilting in multiple directions) / 10-15 s : Biggest earthquake I have experienced in 14 years living in Montenegro (strongest and longest). I currently live on the ground floor, where it usually feels less intense than in upper floors, but it was pretty scary. | 3 users found this interesting.  
Nous étions à mlini dans l hôtel astrarea / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : Nous venons de rentré dans notre chambre d'hôtel avec nos enfants. Je venais d éteindre la lumière de leur chambre j étais dans le couloir entre ma chambre et la leur et la d un coup tous c est mis à trembler sous mes jambes autour de moi...les enfa  
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Mostar / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / complex rolling (tilting in multiple directions) / 20-30 s : I was in the fourth floor in Mostar in a hotel, everything shakes the wardrobe moves a lot a scared we move on the floor on the opposite side of the wardrobe having the bed in between | 2 users found this interesting.  
Zagreb / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 30-60 s : My chair was swaying left and right, very slightly, barely noticeable. It lasted too long for it to be my imagination which I thought at first. Then I noticed the chandelier was swinging. I checked the rest of the house and all the chandeliers were swingi | 2 users found this interesting.  
Ljubljana Slovenia, / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : chair and table shaked | 3 users found this interesting.  
split / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 2-5 s : we were playing hide and seek on "Trk Republike" in center of Split(Croatia). I was standing still and upright in my hiding place. First i got the impression, that i felt a light dizziness. But than i recognized a light feeling of swimming ground. After t | One user found this interesting.  
88320 Ljuburski / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : 22.04.2022 23:07 Uhr in 88320 Ljuburski, Nikole Kordica 30 Als ob ein großer LKW mit Anhänger (40t) an einem vorbei fährt. Ich habe mich gerade ins Bett gelegt als es rummorte und die Wasserflasche vibrierte auf dem Nachttisch. Es schwankte seitlich. G | One user found this interesting.  
Split / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Furniture shaking & low rumble for about 4 seconds, juddering of side tables by bed as the shockeaves went on. Bed moving side to side swinging almost with fair amount of force. | One user found this interesting.  
Siroki Brijeg, Provo / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : Yes I have feeled the quake. It was relativ strong, the house was shaking an the room where I was in. | One user found this interesting.  
Split, Croatia / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : Items fell of shelves, building swayed heavily, car alarms went off, animals made noise, birds took to the sky | One user found this interesting.  
Dubrovnik, Zaton. / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I thought for a moment it was maybe just a big truck driving by, but then it didn’t stop after a second and faded out. I started freaking out and ran outside immediately. It felt big, but not big enough to knock things over. It lasted about 5-10 seconds | One user found this interesting.  
Dubrovnik / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe / 2-5 s : Big vibration growing in intensity (vertically-like) until the tv and the walls were shaking Impressive noise | One user found this interesting.  
Dubrovnik / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s : Deep rumble then vertical rolling up and down. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Skopje / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s : Light swinging | 2 users found this interesting.  
Solin Croatia / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Its strong shaking the chandellier the chairs etc.etc. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Lobbybar of The Chedi Hotel Lustica bay, Montenegr / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 10-15 s : The glasses hanging in the holder over the bar were swinging as well as our filled glasses on the counter were a little bit jumping up and down. People were astonished and asking what is happening but no panic. As far as I know are there no damages at the  
Dubrovnik / Weak shaking (MMI III) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 15-20 s : J’ai été réveillée par un bruit dont je n’arrivais pas a discerner le lieu d’origine et la cause car c’était a plusieurs endroits à la fois dans l’appartement  
Djenovici / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 15-20 s : It was all over quickly, very quiet.Food and drink scattered on the kitchen table, where I was having supperNo damage.  
Old Gaja 60, Dubrovnik / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 20-30 s : Noise and horizontal shaking, very intense especially at the end. First if felt like train is approaching, but then it got intense.  
Buna / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / complex rolling (tilting in multiple directions) / 10-15 s : Meine 2 Kinder (7+9) haben so festgeschlafen, ich brauchte 10 Sekunden um sie wach zu machen und schnell Treppen runter springen. Das aeltere Kind kam allein runter. Die Erschütterungen dauerten 15 Sekunden. Schrecklich! Wir waren danach halbe Stunde im   
Dubrovnik, Dalmatinska Ulica / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / rattling, vibrating / very short : I felt my whole apartment move back and forth along with the whole building during the second shake, first was much weaker.  
Trebinje / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / complex rolling (tilting in multiple directions) / 15-20 s : Trebinje. Sitting down ground floor when suddenly the ground started shaking strongly. After a few seconds, I could hear the inside of the walls creaking and some bits falling from the roof and walls. Lasted about 15 to 20 seconds. The strongest I ever fe  
Daruvar / not felt : I didn't feel shaking, but I heard a rumble sound more than 1 min (like traffic sound in Zagreb in the middle of day) (reported through our app)  
Kotor / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 20-30 s : I was asleep and woke up as I felt myself shaking, my husband says that the bed was shaking. I think I heard a thud but assumed it was from the thunderstorm earlier, I looked out of the window but saw there was no storm.I went back to sleep  
Podgorica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / very short : Sleeping in a campervan it was enough to make the van bounce on its suspension, wake usbup and look outside thinking someone must have been interfering with the vehicle.  
Dubrovnik / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / vibration and rolling / 5-10 s : Woke me up, tried to understand if I was dreaming but it last so long that I understood what is going on...quickly packed most important staff and in two minutes went out of the central city.  
Zadar, Croatia / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : We have no quakes in my country (Uruguay). I was surprised while, here in Zadar in an upper floor (2nd floor) I felt shaking for a few seconds. In the first floor it was also felt in my hotel room (it is a two storey room). Apparently and according to the  
Lushnje, Albania / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : I live on 11th floor of the tall building in in the city of Lushnja, Albania. Around 11:15PM I felt a shake, a horizontal sideways swing. I never seen a building shaking like this before. It was scary. However, I didn't see anybody, leaving the apartments  
Vodice Kroatien / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe / 10-15 s : Es war so das ich mir schon Gedanken gemacht habe evtl das haus zu verlassen aber dann hat es aufgehört  
Tirana, Albania / Weak shaking (MMI III) / simple rolling (tilting sideways along one direction) / 1-2 minutes : Felt for 1-2 minutes a mild rolling of earthquake. Saw chandelier in Living Room sway slightly and shake over that time.  
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Earthquake statistics

Average number of earthquakes

Based on data from the past 10 years and our earthquake archive back to 1900, there are about 1,400 quakes on average per year in the area near the epicenter of this quake (within 100 km/61 mi):
  • Mag. 6 or higher: 0.02 quakes per year (or 1 quake every 41.7 years)
  • Mag. 5 or higher: 0.28 quakes per year (or 1 quake every 3.5 years)
  • Mag. 4 or higher: 4.6 quakes per year
  • Mag. 3 or higher: 17.1 quakes per year
  • Mag. 2 or higher: 80 quakes per year
  • Mag. 1 or higher: 136 quakes per year (or 11.3 quakes per month)
The area where this quake occurred has a high level of seismic activity. It has had at least 3 quakes above magnitude 6 since 1900, which suggests that larger earthquakes of this size occur infrequently, probably on average approximately every 40 to 45 years.

Number of quakes per year