Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - Ionian Sea, 15 km southeast of Acireale, Catania, Sicily, Italy, on Monday, December 24, 2018 at 16:50 (GMT)

Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - Ionian Sea, 15 km southeast of Acireale, Catania, Sicily, Italy, on Monday, December 24, 2018 at 16:50 (GMT)

Moderate magnitude 4.5 earthquake at 10 km depth

24 Dec 16:53 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 4 minutes.
Date & time: Dec 24, 2018 16:50:12 UTC
Magnitude: 4.5
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 37.54°N / 15.31°E (Ionian Sea, Italy)
Antipode: 37.54°S / 164.69°W
Nearest volcano: Etna (37 km / 23 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
13 km (8 mi) E of Aci Trezza (pop: 5,000) --> See nearby quakes!
15 km (9 mi) E of Aci Castello (pop: 17,600) --> See nearby quakes!
15 km (9 mi) ESE of Acireale (pop: 49,500) --> See nearby quakes!
20 km (12 mi) ESE of San Giovanni la Punta (pop: 22,000) --> See nearby quakes!
22 km (14 mi) ENE of Catania (pop: 290,900) --> See nearby quakes!
22 km (14 mi) E of Gravina di Catania (pop: 26,500) --> See nearby quakes!
23 km (14 mi) E of Mascalucia (Catania) (pop: 29,900) --> See nearby quakes!
23 km (15 mi) SSE of Giarre (Provincia di Catania) (pop: 24,100) --> See nearby quakes!
27 km (17 mi) E of Misterbianco (pop: 45,500) --> See nearby quakes!
540 km (336 mi) SSE of loma (pop: 2,318,900) --> See nearby quakes!
122 km (76 mi) E of Sicile Island (pop: 5,017,000) --> See nearby quakes!
100 km (62 mi) SSE of Isola Vulcano Island (pop: 715) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 3.5 x 1011 joules (98.6 megawatt hours, equivalent to 84.8 tons of TNT) More info
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
4.510 kmSicily, ItalyGFZ
4.310 km SICILY, ITALYEMSC
4.32.2 km6 km W Zafferana Etnea (CT)INGV
4.310 km- Sicily, ItalyUSGS

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Santa Maria La Scala / / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Cefalu / not felt : Not felt  
Ficarazzi / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Pedara (23.6 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Viagrande, CT / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : I was sitting on my bed and it suddenly started shaking very badly ...  
Nicolosi / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Nicolosi / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Ragalna, Sicily (32.1 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Trecastagni, Sicily (22.8 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
catania / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Catania, liberta and corsa italia / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : The building swayed heavily. I'm on the 2nd floor. First earthquake felt in this building today that was noticeable.  
Sant Agata li Battiati / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Catania / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Misterbianco, Catania, Sicily (23.5 km W of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
San Gregorio di catania / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Catania (22.3 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Zafferana Etnea, Sicilia, Catania, Italia (24.6 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Acquedolci (86.2 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
San Giovanni la punta / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Sitting down, sudden light movement on second floor of the house. Cuppords shaking and lights moving. Video available. shum.p@hotmail.com. San Giovanni la punta.  
Taormina, Province of Messina, Sicily (34.6 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Catania (18.3 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Nicolosi, Catania, Sicily (25.4 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Linguaglossa (37.7 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Motta S. Anastasia / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Catania, Sicily (22.8 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Lavinaio, ct / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Giarre / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Catania, Sicily (22.8 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Motta Sant' Anastasia / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Canalicchio, Catania, Sicily (20.6 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Trecastagni, Sicily (22 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) (reported through our app)
GRAVINA DI CATANIA (21.3 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Tremestieri Etneo, Catania, Sicily (19.6 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
Catania (Italy, 31 km W of epicenter) : Short but strong. My bed moved (reported through EMSC)  
Gravina di Catania (Italy, 29 km W of epicenter) : Terremoto Catania (reported through EMSC)  
Tremestieri Etneo (Italy, 28 km W of epicenter) : Breve ma intensa scossa. Si sono mossi oggetti sugli scaffali. (reported through EMSC)  
San Giovanni la Punta (Italy, 28 km W of epicenter) : Etna is in eruption (reported through EMSC)  
Catania (Italy, 27 km W of epicenter) : Tremavano lampadari e mobili (reported through EMSC)  
Giarre (Italy, 23 km NW of epicenter) : Il terremoto è avvenuto in modo ondulatorio per 4/5 secondi (reported through EMSC)  
Acireale (Italy, 21 km W of epicenter) : The volcano, Mt Etna was very active today and it appears that the lava flow is in a new point on the mountain tonight. Earlier today it sounded like thunder coming from the volcano and lots of debris was thrown into the air (reported through EMSC)  
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