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Light mag. 3.2 earthquake - 22 km east of Verviers, Liege, Wallonia, Belgium, on Saturday, Jan 2, 2021 at 7:36 am (GMT +1)

Light mag. 3.2 earthquake - 22 km east of Verviers, Liege, Wallonia, Belgium, on Saturday, Jan 2, 2021 at 7:36 am (GMT +1) Light mag. 3.2 earthquake - 22 km east of Verviers, Liege, Wallonia, Belgium, on Saturday, Jan 2, 2021 at 7:36 am (GMT +1)

Light magnitude 3.2 earthquake at 10 km depth

2 Jan 06:43 UTC: First to report: RENASS after 7 minutes.
Update Sat, 2 Jan 2021, 06:48

Small magnitude 3.2 earthquake 5 km southwest of Monschau, Germany

3.2 quake 2 Jan 7:36 am (GMT +1)
3.2 quake 2 Jan 7:36 am (GMT +1)
An earthquake of magnitude 3.2 occurred in the morning on Saturday 2 January 2021 at 7:36 am local time near Monschau, Cologne District, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany, as reported by the National Seismic Network of the geophysical institute of the university in Strasbourg, France (ReNaSS).
According to preliminary data, the quake was located at a shallow depth of 10 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 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 Monschau (pop. 12,900) located 5 km from the epicenter.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Simmerath (pop. 15,600) located 11 km from the epicenter, Roetgen (pop. 8,200) 12 km away, Eupen (pop. 18,000) 13 km away, Hellenthal (pop. 8,600) 20 km away, Schleiden (pop. 14,200) 22 km away, Stolberg (pop. 58,900) 26 km away, and Aachen (pop. 265,200) 27 km away. In Cologne (pop. 963,400, 70 km away), and Köln (pop. 963,400, 70 km away), the quake was probably not felt.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeJan 2, 2021 06:36:32 UTC
Local time at epicenterSaturday, Jan 2, 2021 at 7:36 am (GMT +1)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude3.2
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude50.544°N / 6.168°E (Liege, Wallonia, Belgium)
Antipode50.544°S / 173.832°W
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt373 reports
Primary data sourceRENASS (Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS))
Nearest volcanoLaacher See (80 km / 50 mi)
Nearby towns and cities11 km (7 mi) NNE of Robertville (pop: 2,630) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
13 km (8 mi) SE of Eupen (Wallonien) (pop: 18,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
22 km (13 mi) E of Verviers (Heusy) (Wallonie) (pop: 15,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
22 km (14 mi) ESE of Verviers (Wallonie) (pop: 52,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
27 km (16 mi) SSE of Aachen (Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany) (pop: 265,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
29 km (18 mi) ESE of Herve (pop: 16,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
31 km (19 mi) ESE of Soumagne (pop: 15,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
38 km (24 mi) E of Chaudfontaine (Wallonie) (pop: 21,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
92 km (57 mi) E of Namur (Wallonie) (pop: 106,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
133 km (82 mi) ESE of Bruxelles (Région de Bruxelles) (pop: 1,019,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeMist -1.8°C (29 F), humidity: 100%, wind: 2 m/s (3 kts) from WSW
Estimated seismic energy released4 x 109 joules (1.11 megawatt hours, equivalent to 0.951 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
2.55 kmBELGIUMEMSC
3.210 kmGERMANY - 13km De Eupen, BelgiumRENASS
2.710.4 kmS, GermanyUni Köln

Seismograms

Seismic station: Echery - Sainte Marie aux Mines, France (ECH/G network) | Distance from quake: 269 km / 167 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Echery - Sainte Marie aux Mines, France: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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Stolberg (21 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single vertical bump / very short : Plötzlicher Knall als wenn etwas das Haus gerammt hätte. Aus dem Schlaf aufgewacht und gemerkt, dass der Strom kurz unterbrochen war. | 21 users found this interesting.  
Friesenrath (17.2 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 2-5 s : two bumps in approx 5 seconds | 11 users found this interesting.  
52223 Stolberg - Breinig / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Es hat sich angefühlt wie ein kurzer Einschlag. | 9 users found this interesting.  
Aachen / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s : It seemed to be a single wave, coming from south west and leaving to north east. Could also have been caused by an explosion. Iowas afraid it was one of the Belgium nuclear power plants. Time was approx. 7:37 CET | 6 users found this interesting.  
Raeren (Hauset), Liège Province, Wallonia (19.7 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / very short : Woke up exactly at 7:36/7:37 by a Single bump. Felt like a truck passing, but was wondering because usually I don't wake up by trucks, I only perceive their vibrations when I'm awake. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Aachen, Nütheim / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / very short : I felt 2 small vibrations, cups clinked very slightly. | 4 users found this interesting.  
Stolberg Rheinland, 52223 Breinig / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s : I woke up in bed because of the vibration/shaking. It swung horizontal for maybe 2-3 seconds. Dogs in my neighborhood barked a lot and my cat was nervously running back and forth in the flat. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Aacgen, Germany / Weak shaking (MMI III) : It was shaking, things were moving slightly on the table, noises from moving kittle things and the house aking. Bigger movement than all the trucks passing by created | 2 users found this interesting.  
Aachen Sief, Germany / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / complex motion difficult to describe : Our house | 3 users found this interesting.  
Stolberg-Breinig / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Wir wurden aus dem Schlaf gerissen. Es war wie eine heftige Explosion allerdings weit entfernt. Die Kommode hat geklirrt | 3 users found this interesting.  
52159 Roetgen lammersdorfer Straße / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : A loud sound, like an explosion. House shaking strong, but very short. | 3 users found this interesting.  
Roetgen / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 2-5 s : Deep bass, 2x movement | 3 users found this interesting.  
Aachen-Brand / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / very short : Schlafend im Bett, wach geworden von Erschütterung | 3 users found this interesting.  
Roetgen, Cologne District, North Rhine-Westphalia (11.4 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / 1-2 s : Grollen vorher, dann ein heftiger Stoß. Dachte, das Haus wurde gerammt. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Roetgen / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 1-2 s : I was sleeping, when I suddenly heared a rumbling. Bed und house house was shaking. My children felt it too. | One user found this interesting.  
Stolberg Rheinland, Cologne District, North Rhine-Westphalia (25.3 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : We were woken up by a loud bang and the house shook. We thought a car drove into the house or something like that.  
Roetgen, Cologne District, North Rhine-Westphalia (15.8 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : No earthshaking observed; I only observed a low frequent sound like a heavy explosion at 20 km distance,airplane crossing sound barrier, etc.  
52076 Aachen-Kornelimünster / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : Ich spürte 2 Stöße, ich dachte es wäre ein Auto gegen unser Haus geprallt ! | 2 users found this interesting.  
Roetgen / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : Came like a wave, short rattling followed by a stronger final bump | 2 users found this interesting.  
Stolberg / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s : I was awakened because of this. There was a bang and a quake was felt very well. Others in our house were awakened too. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Kalkbergstr Aachen Eilendorf (27.2 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s : The Plants inside were shaking | 2 users found this interesting.  
Stolberg Breinig 52223 / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : Ich habe es als rumpeln empfunden. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Aachen (29.6 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : I woke up from it. Thought Someone fell down the stairs. I was alarmed and checked the house but nothing. It was scary. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Stolberg, Breinig (21.1 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s : I was still in bed when out of a sudden it felt like there'd be something hitting the house, like a pressure wave, and the house was shaking back and forth and back again. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Roetgen (9.8 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Es fühlte sich an, als wäre etwas stumm explodiert und als wäre eine ubahn unterm Haus hergefahren | 2 users found this interesting.  
Stolberg Mausbach / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : I felt a short, very weak shaking followed by a single bang | 2 users found this interesting.  
Roetgen / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating : It felt and sounded like a | 2 users found this interesting.  
Aachen Haaren / not felt / very short : Wir haben es anhand eines starken Rucks des Hauses gespürt. | 2 users found this interesting.  
52223 Stolberg-Dorff, Germany / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : Moderate shaking, woke up immediately. 1 second of grooming. Location: Dorff, 52223 Stolberg | 2 users found this interesting.  
Stolberg Rheinland, Cologne District, North Rhine-Westphalia (21.1 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / very short : Waked me up. Furniture trembling in 2nd floor. Short push in the ground floor. | One user found this interesting.  
aachen (23.3 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / very short : Sat on my desk. Desk suddenly shook strongly as if hit really hard. | One user found this interesting.  
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