Moderate mag. 3.8 earthquake - Eastern Mediterranean, 28 km west of Nisida Pontikonisi Island, Crete, Greece, on Sunday, 27 Dec 2020 3:59 am (GMT +2) -

Moderate mag. 3.8 earthquake - Eastern Mediterranean, 28 km west of Nisida Pontikonisi Island, Crete, Greece, on Sunday, 27 Dec 2020 3:59 am (GMT +2)

Moderate magnitude 3.8 earthquake at 6 km depth

27 Dec 02:04 UTC: First to report: EMSC after 5 minutes.
27 Dec 02:06: Epicenter location corrected by 4.9 km (3.1 mi) towards NE.
27 Dec 02:29: Magnitude recalculated from 4.0 to 4.2. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 1.0 to 2.0 km (from 0.6 to 1.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 12 km (7.4 mi) towards SW.
27 Dec 02:31: Now using data updates from NOA
Update Sun, 27 Dec 2020, 02:30
Light magnitude 4.2 quake hits 45 km west of Kissamos, Greece early morning
4.2 quake 27 Dec 3:59 am (GMT +2)
4.2 quake 27 Dec 3:59 am (GMT +2)
An earthquake of magnitude 4.2 occurred early morning on Sunday 27 December 2020 at 3:59 am local time near Kissamos, Chania, Crete, Greece, as reported by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC).
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a very shallow depth of 2 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. Magnitude and other quake parameters can still change in the coming hours as the agency continues to process seismic data.
Our monitoring service identified a second report from the United States Geological Survey (USGS) which listed the quake at magnitude 4.2 as well. A third agency, the Kandilli Oservatory and Earthquake Research Institute in Istanbul (KOERI-RETMC), reported the same quake at magnitude 3.9.
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 Phalasarna (pop. 21) located 38 km from the epicenter.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Kissamos (pop. 4,200) located 45 km from the epicenter, Gialos (pop. 870) 54 km away, Paleochora (pop. 2,400) 58 km away, Agia Marina (pop. 2,000) 69 km away, Mourniés (pop. 5,300) 77 km away, Chania (pop. 53,900) 79 km away, and Souda (pop. 6,700) 83 km away.
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Earthquake data:

Date & time: 27 Dec 2020 01:59:14 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Sunday, 27 Dec 2020 3:59 am (GMT +2)
Magnitude: 3.8
Depth: 6.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 35.5472°N / 23.1674°E (Eastern Mediterranean, Greece)
Nearest volcano: Milos (172 km / 107 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
38 km (23 mi) W of Phalasarna (pop: 21) --> See nearby quakes!
58 km (36 mi) NW of Paleochora (Chania) (pop: 2,370) --> See nearby quakes!
78 km (49 mi) W of Kreta (pop: 53,900) --> See nearby quakes!
89 km (56 mi) W of Mouzouras (pop: 1,460) --> See nearby quakes!
121 km (75 mi) W of Rethymno (pop: 32,500) --> See nearby quakes!
127 km (79 mi) S of Gefyra (pop: 1,300) --> See nearby quakes!
143 km (89 mi) SSE of Molaoi (pop: 3,020) --> See nearby quakes!
152 km (94 mi) SSE of Skala (pop: 2,820) --> See nearby quakes!
155 km (96 mi) WNW of Tympaki (Timpaki) (pop: 5,290) --> See nearby quakes!
276 km (171 mi) S of Athens (pop: 664,000) --> See nearby quakes!
170 km (106 mi) SW of Milos Island (pop: 4,980) --> See nearby quakes!
114 km (71 mi) NW of Gavdos Island (pop: 152) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Light Rain 17.2°C (63 F), humidity: 81%, wind: 3 m/s (5 kts) from SSE
Primary data source: NOA (National Observatory of Athens)
Estimated released energy: 3.2 x 1010 joules (8.78 megawatt hours, equivalent to 7.56 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.
M 4.210 km58 Km W of Palaióchora, GreeceUSGS
M 4.22 kmGreeceEMSC
M 4.010 kmKastellion / Kreta, GreeceZAMG

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