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Light mag. 4.8 earthquake - Iceland on Thursday, 12 March 2020

Light mag. 4.8 earthquake  - Iceland on Thursday, 12 March 2020
12 Mar 10:32 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
Mar 12 15:26: Magnitude recalculated from 4.4 to 4.8.
Date & time: Thursday, 12 March 2020 10:26 UTC
Magnitude: 4.8
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 64.04°N / 22.1°W (Iceland)
Nearest volcano: Krísuvík (16 km / 10 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
8 km (5 mi) SW of Álftanes (pop: 2,400)
8 km (5 mi) SW of Hafnarfjörður (pop: 26,800)
10 km (6 mi) SW of Garðabær (pop: 11,400)
12 km (8 mi) SW of Kópavogur (pop: 31,700)
14 km (8 mi) SW of Seltjarnarnes (pop: 4,300)
15 km (9 mi) SW of Reykjavík (pop: 118,900)
Primary data source: GFZ
Estimated released energy: 1 x 1012 joules (278 megawatt hours, equivalent to 239 tons of TNT) [learn more]
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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TimeMag. / DepthLocationSource
Thu, 12 Mar 10:26 UTCM 4.8 / 10 km IcelandGFZ
Thu, 12 Mar 10:26 UTCM 4.6 / 10 km IcelandEMSC
Thu, 12 Mar 10:25 UTCM 5.2 / 6.1 km4.9 km NE of Grindavík (Iceland)IMO

User reports for this quake (43)

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Faxabraut 1, Keflavík / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Keflavik / Light shaking (MMI IV)
21.1 km WSW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
13.9 km NE of epicenter [Map] / not felt : I was sleeping and didn't even wake up because of it... (reported through our app)
Keflavik / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Vogar / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Akranes (31.4 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : My bed was moving/shaking. Windows and door rattle. (reported through our app)
Kopavogur / Light shaking (MMI IV)
13.8 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Kópavogur / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Seltjarnarnes / Light shaking (MMI IV) : short terrifying vibrations
Reykjavik University (12.6 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Felt like a car running over the ceiling, windows rattled
Reykjanesbaer (22.6 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Asbru / Light shaking (MMI IV)
9.3 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) (reported through our app)
16.7 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Reykjavík / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Reykjavík (14.9 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI)
13 km NNE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : sitting on the bed (indoors) i felt like it was moving + like big trucks were passing by + noise from things shaking (reported through our app)
8.9 km ENE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
Skuggi Hotel, Reykjavik / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Felt movement on the 4th floor of a building, rattling of coat hangers as well
9.1 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Vogar (14.8 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Blue Lagoon (19.4 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
24.9 km WSW of epicenter [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
kopavogur / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Blue Lagoon / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : Jolted then hotel at the Blue Lagoon. Strong, sudden jolt that woke us.
Keflavík / Light shaking (MMI IV)
14.9 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
23.9 km WSW of epicenter [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) (reported through our app)
Grindavík / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : It lasted about 10 seconds. I found myself clinging to my spouse, I was so startled.
23.9 km WSW of epicenter [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
15.9 km NE of epicenter [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) (reported through our app)
101 (13.7 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
bucharest / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : i was working to my desk, and i almost fell down from my chair
airport / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Reykjavík (Iceland, 25 km NE of epicenter) : It felt like a truck hit the building I was in. It only lasted 3 seconds at most. (reported through EMSC)
Kópavogur (Iceland, 20 km NE of epicenter) : Builting was chaking (reported through EMSC)
Reykjavík (Iceland, 26 km NE of epicenter) : Earthquake probably originating outside Reykjavík, Iceland. Perhaps in Reykjanes Peninsula. (reported through EMSC)
Reykjavík (Iceland, 26 km NE of epicenter) : Felt the earthquake well in eastern part of Reykjavík. Said to be appr 4.6 (reported through EMSC)
Reykjavík (Iceland, 25 km NE of epicenter) : Reykjavik (reported through EMSC)
(Iceland, 21 km S of epicenter) : Felt outside at coast near Grindavik, two short shakings (reported through EMSC)
Hafnarfjörður (Iceland, 17 km E of epicenter) : I just felt an earthquake. My location Hafnarforður, Iceland. (reported through EMSC)

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Light mag. 4.8 earthquake - Iceland on Thursday, 12 March 2020
 

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