Strong mag. 5.0 earthquake - 1 km southwest of Vibrac, Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France, on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 09:56 GMT

Strong mag. 5.0 earthquake - 1 km southwest of Vibrac, Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France, on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 09:56 GMT Strong mag. 5.0 earthquake - 1 km southwest of Vibrac, Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France, on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 at 09:56 GMT

Strong magnitude 5.0 earthquake at 2 km depth

20 Mar 10:06 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 10 minutes.
Mar 20 10:08: Magnitude recalculated from 5.0 to 4.8.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 2.0 to 5.0 km.
Hypocenter depth recalculated from 5.0 to 2.0 km.
Mar 20 10:16: Magnitude recalculated from 4.8 to 5.0.

Earthquake details

Date & timeMar 20, 2019 09:56:40 UTC
Local time at epicenter
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5
Depth2.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude45.35°N / 0.35°W (Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France)
Antipode45.35°S / 179.65°E
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt147 reports
Primary data sourceEMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)
Nearby towns and cities8 km (5 mi) NNE of Montendre (pop: 3,410) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
38 km (24 mi) S of Cognac (pop: 20,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
49 km (31 mi) N of Libourne (Gironde) (pop: 24,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
49 km (31 mi) SSE of Saintes (Charente-Maritime) (pop: 29,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
52 km (32 mi) SW of Angouleme (pop: 49,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
59 km (37 mi) NNE of Bordeaux (pop: 231,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
61 km (38 mi) NNE of Mérignac (pop: 69,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
63 km (39 mi) NNE of Talence (pop: 42,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
64 km (40 mi) NNE of Pessac (pop: 57,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
440 km (273 mi) SSW of Paris (Île-de-France) (pop: 2,138,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released2 x 1012 joules (554 megawatt hours, equivalent to 477 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
5.02 kmFranceEMSC
3.910 kmFranceUSGS
4.910 kmFRANCE - 35km de CoutrasRENASS

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la douze (100.4 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : légère secousse pendant 5 secondes environ (reported through our app)  
la douze (100.4 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
24600 Celles (59.8 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Schwalbach am Taunus, Regierungsbezirk Darmstadt, Hesse (851.4 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Champagne et fontaine 24320 France / not felt : I heard a loud noise sounded a bit like a plane was going to crash loud rumbling went outside but couldn’t see anything  
CHATAIN (100.7 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Felt like a heavy vehicle driving around the basement for a few seconds faint rumbling too!  
Aalen (859 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Vayres / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Leicestershire not felt it. (808.8 km N of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : Not felt it (reported through our app)  
CHATEAU GARNIER (115.2 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
16270 MAZERIES / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Le Coux et Bigaroque / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Like a trembling of our house  
Puygareau Baignes ste Radegonde / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Loud rumble then it felt like a large wall/roof falling down very near by.  
16220 / Light shaking (MMI IV)
St Martial d'Albarede, Dordogne / Light shaking (MMI IV)
sisteron 04200 / not felt
Le Bertaud 16210 / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Saint Aulaye (24) / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Charente Maritime ... ville de SAINTES . / Light shaking (MMI IV) : J'étais à l'étage puis subitement un grand bruit sec a claqué dans le grenier environ 5 secondes.j'avais l'impression qu'il y avait un intrus dans le grenier .. les tuiles ont bougées ..puis plus rien .. rien sentie au sol  
Lancashire UK (949.6 km N of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : Not felt, north west UK. (reported through our app)  
Koblenz, Bezirk Zurzach, Aargau (709.5 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
St Peter Port (488 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt (reported through our app)
Les Lamauds St Vincent de Connezac 24190 (60.4 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Felt like one strong shake about 1second duration. Went outside to see if something had driven into house.  
Genté (30.8 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Bonn, Germany / not felt
Southampton, England (624.6 km N of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : I felt nothing. (reported through our app)  
Route des Adjots, La Vacherie, 86400 Vouleme / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Strange rumble and shaking of the whole house as if a very heavy lorry was passing. Made my dogs look up but not bark, strangely enough. Thought it might be a mild earthquake, but not felt one before in 13 years in this area.  
Saint yrieix sous aixe / Light shaking (MMI IV)
near Sauze-Vaussais, Deux-Sèvres, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (91.1 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I just thought someone was on our roof until next door mentioned it too...  
Cognac, Charente, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (30.5 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Saint-Yrieix-sous-Aixe, 87700 Limousin, france / Weak shaking (MMI III)
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Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (4 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Apr 3, 2019 22:27
3 years ago
2.6

12 km
43 km SW of Angouleme, Charente, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, FranceMore
Mar 29, 2019 23:50
3 years ago
2.6

10 km
60 km N of Bordeaux, Gironde, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, FranceMore
Mar 20, 2019 15:08
3 years ago - felt
2.7

2 km
1.9 km NE of Chantillac, Charente, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, FranceMore
Mar 20, 2019 10:29
3 years ago - felt
3.1

2 km
0.3 km SW of Chatenet, Charente-Maritime, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, FranceMore

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