Strong mag. 5.5 earthquake - Tyrrhenian Sea, 22 km northwest of Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto, Italy, on Tuesday, January 16, 1979 at 19:27 (GMT)
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Strong magnitude 5.5 earthquake at 11 km depth
1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.
Depth: 11.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 38.262°N / 15.005°E↗ (Tyrrhenian Sea, Italy)
Antipode: 38.262°S / 164.995°W↗
Nearest volcano: Vulcano (16 km / 10 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
12 km (7 mi) NNE of San Giorgio (pop: 1,900) --> See nearby quakes!
21 km (13 mi) WNW of Milazzo (Province of Messina) (pop: 31,800) --> See nearby quakes!
22 km (14 mi) NW of Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto (Provincia di Messina) (pop: 34,600) --> See nearby quakes!
48 km (30 mi) W of Messine (pop: 219,900) --> See nearby quakes!
60 km (37 mi) WNW of Reggio Calabria (pop: 169,100) --> See nearby quakes!
74 km (46 mi) N of Acireale (pop: 49,500) --> See nearby quakes!
78 km (48 mi) N of Paternò (pop: 46,000) --> See nearby quakes!
86 km (53 mi) N of Catania (pop: 290,900) --> See nearby quakes!
147 km (91 mi) E of Palermo (pop: 648,300) --> See nearby quakes!
456 km (283 mi) SSE of loma (pop: 2,318,900) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
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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|5.5||11 km||Sicily, Italy||USGS|
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