Moderate mag. 4.0 earthquake - Eastern Mediterranean, 56 km southwest of Paleochora, Chania, Crete, Greece, on Thursday, 17 Dec 2020 9:19 am (GMT +2) -

Moderate mag. 4.0 earthquake - Eastern Mediterranean, 56 km southwest of Paleochora, Chania, Crete, Greece, on Thursday, 17 Dec 2020 9:19 am (GMT +2)

Moderate magnitude 4.0 earthquake at 6 km depth

17 Dec 07:26 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 7 minutes.
17 Dec 07:32: Epicenter location corrected by 6.2 km (3.9 mi) towards SSW.
17 Dec 07:41: Now using data updates from NOA
Update Thu, 17 Dec 2020, 07:30
Light magnitude 4.4 earthquake 38 km southwest of Paleochora, Greece
4.4 quake 17 Dec 9:19 am (GMT +2)
4.4 quake 17 Dec 9:19 am (GMT +2)
The German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) reported a magnitude 4.4 quake in Greece near Paleochora, Chania, Crete, only 11 minutes ago. The earthquake hit in the morning on Thursday 17 December 2020 at 9:19 am local time at a shallow depth of 10 km. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.3 earthquake.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Gialos (pop. 870) located 36 km from the epicenter, Moni Chrysoskalitissas (pop. 66) 37 km away, and Paleochora (pop. 2,400) 38 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Kasteli (pop. 4,200) located 60 km from the epicenter, Agia Marina (pop. 2,000) 76 km away, Mourniés (pop. 5,300) 79 km away, Chania (pop. 53,900) 82 km away, and Souda (pop. 6,700) 84 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 17 Dec 2020 07:19:13 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Thursday, 17 Dec 2020 9:19 am (GMT +2)
Magnitude: 4
Depth: 6.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 34.8825°N / 23.2388°E (Eastern Mediterranean, Greece)
Nearest volcano: Milos (217 km / 135 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
54 km (33 mi) SW of Gialos (pop: 873) --> See nearby quakes!
56 km (35 mi) SW of Paleochora (Chania) (pop: 2,370) --> See nearby quakes!
64 km (40 mi) SW of Elos (pop: 130) --> See nearby quakes!
78 km (48 mi) SSW of Kissamos (pop: 4,240) --> See nearby quakes!
100 km (62 mi) SW of Chania (pop: 53,900) --> See nearby quakes!
111 km (69 mi) SW of Mouzouras (pop: 1,460) --> See nearby quakes!
125 km (78 mi) WSW of Rethymno (pop: 32,500) --> See nearby quakes!
141 km (88 mi) W of Tympaki (Timpaki) (pop: 5,290) --> See nearby quakes!
144 km (89 mi) WSW of Perama (pop: 1,660) --> See nearby quakes!
348 km (216 mi) S of Athens (pop: 664,000) --> See nearby quakes!
77 km (48 mi) W of Nisi Gavdos Island (pop: 152) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Clear Sky 17.2°C (63 F), humidity: 64%, wind: 6 m/s (12 kts) from NNE
Primary data source: NOA (National Observatory of Athens)
Estimated released energy: 6.3 x 1010 joules (17.5 megawatt hours, equivalent to 15.1 tons of TNT) 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.
4.06 km- 49 km SW of Palaióchora, GreeceNOA
4.410 kmGreeceGFZ
4.410 km49 Km SW of Palaióchora, GreeceUSGS
4.410 kmPalaiokhora / Kreta, GreeceZAMG

User reports for this quake (1)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Gavdos / not felt
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