Strong mag. 5.5 earthquake - North Greenland Sea, 424 km northwest of Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 04:31 (GMT)

Strong mag. 5.5 earthquake - North Greenland Sea, 424 km northwest of Longyearbyen, Spitsbergen, Svalbard, on Tuesday, January 7, 2020 at 04:31 (GMT)

Strong magnitude 5.5 earthquake at 10 km depth

7 Jan 04:39 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
Date & time: Jan 7, 2020 04:31:48 UTC
Magnitude: 5.5
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 80.74°N / 0.22°W (North Greenland Sea, Greenland)
Antipode: 80.74°S / 179.78°E
Nearby towns and cities:
311 km (194 mi) NW of Ny-Ålesund (Svalbard & Jan Mayen) (pop: 35) --> See nearby quakes!
417 km (259 mi) NW of Barentsburg (Svalbard & Jan Mayen) (pop: 576) --> See nearby quakes!
424 km (264 mi) NW of Longyearbyen (Svalbard & Jan Mayen) (pop: 2,060) --> See nearby quakes!
468 km (291 mi) NW of Sveagruva (Svalbard & Jan Mayen) (pop: 300) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
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.
5.510 kmNorth of Svalbard (Greenland)GFZ
5.210 kmNorth Of Svalbard (Svalbard & Jan Mayen)EMSC
5.010 kmNorth of Svalbard (Svalbard & Jan Mayen)GeoAu
5.010 kmNorth of Svalbard (Svalbard & Jan Mayen)BMKG
5.210 kmNorth of Svalbard (Svalbard & Jan Mayen)USGS

User reports for this quake (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Ny-Ålesund, Spitsbergen, Svalbard (274.9 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (1 quake)

  • 08 Feb 2020 17:08 UTC
    | M 3.5 |
    0 km (0 mi) depth
    8 km (5 mi) distance
    | NORSAR | Details

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