Light magnitude 3.9 earthquake at 18 km depth
19 Dec 11:00 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 3 minutes.
19 Dec 11:13: Now using data updates from INGV
Update Sat, 19 Dec 2020, 11:06Light magnitude 4.3 quake hits 1 km southwest of Sant'Eufemia d'Aspromonte, Italy in the morning
4.3 quake 19 Dec 11:57 am (GMT +1)
A very shallow magnitude 4.3 earthquake was reported in the morning near Sant'Eufemia d'Aspromonte, Provincia di Reggio Calabria, Calabria, Italy.
According to the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), the quake hit on Saturday 19 December 2020 at 11:57 am local time at a very shallow depth of 7 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. 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.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake was probably felt by many people in the area of the epicenter. It should not have caused significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken windows, etc.
In Sant'Eufemia d'Aspromonte (pop. 3,600) located 1 km from the epicenter, Solano Superiore (pop. 580) 5 km away, Bagnara Calabra (pop. 8,500) 5 km away, and Palmi (pop. 18,600) 11 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Taurianova (pop. 11,700) located 18 km from the epicenter, Gioia Tauro (pop. 18,800) 19 km away, Villa San Giovanni (pop. 13,700) 19 km away, and Reggio Calabria (pop. 169,100) 23 km away.
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