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Moderate mag. 3.8 earthquake - Eastern Mediterranean, 44 km west of Kissamos, Chania, Crete, Greece, on Sunday, Dec 27, 2020 at 3:59 am (GMT +2)

Moderate mag. 3.8 earthquake - Eastern Mediterranean, 44 km west of Kissamos, Chania, Crete, Greece, on Sunday, Dec 27, 2020 at 3:59 am (GMT +2) Moderate mag. 3.8 earthquake - Eastern Mediterranean, 44 km west of Kissamos, Chania, Crete, Greece, on Sunday, Dec 27, 2020 at 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 details

Date & timeDec 27, 2020 01:59:14 UTC
Local time at epicenterSunday, Dec 27, 2020 at 3:59 am (GMT +2)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude3.8
Depth6.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude35.5472°N / 23.1674°E (Eastern Mediterranean, Greece)
Antipode35.547°S / 156.833°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceNOA (National Observatory of Athens)
Nearest volcanoMilos (172 km / 107 mi)
Nearby towns and cities38 km (23 mi) W of Phalasarna (pop: 21) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
38 km (24 mi) SSW of Charchaliana (pop: 19) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
39 km (24 mi) WNW of Livadia (pop: 76) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
47 km (29 mi) WNW of Kalathenes (pop: 160) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
58 km (36 mi) NW of Palaiochora (Chania) (pop: 2,370) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
78 km (49 mi) W of Chania (pop: 53,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
89 km (55 mi) W of Neo Chorio (pop: 556) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
89 km (56 mi) W of Mouzouras (pop: 1,460) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
101 km (63 mi) WNW of Georgiopoli (pop: 2,480) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
276 km (171 mi) S of Athens (pop: 664,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
107 km (66 mi) S of Elafonisos Island (pop: 1,040) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
114 km (71 mi) NW of Gavdos Island (pop: 152) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
188 km (117 mi) SW of Argentiera Island (pop: 910) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeLight Rain 17.2°C (63 F), humidity: 81%, wind: 3 m/s (5 kts) from SSE
Estimated seismic energy released3.2 x 1010 joules (8.78 megawatt hours, equivalent to 7.56 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
3.86 kmCRETE, GREECENOA
3.97.1 kmGIRIT ADASI (MEDITERRANEAN SEA), GreeceKOERI-RETMC
4.210 km58 Km W of Palaióchora, GreeceUSGS
4.22 kmGreeceEMSC
4.010 kmKastellion / Kreta, GreeceZAMG

User reports for this quake

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
There are no user reports for this quake.

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