Light mag. 3.1 earthquake - 17 km west of Poitiers, Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France, on Saturday, Apr 3, 2021 1:56 am (GMT +2) -

Light mag. 3.1 earthquake - 17 km west of Poitiers, Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France, on Saturday, Apr 3, 2021 1:56 am (GMT +2)

Light magnitude 3.1 earthquake at 7 km depth

3 Apr 00:00 UTC: First to report: RENASS after 5 minutes.
3 Apr 10:21: Magnitude recalculated from 3.2 to 3.1. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 6.7 km (from 6.2 to 4.2 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 1.5 km (0.9 mi) towards WNW.
Update Sat, 3 Apr 2021, 00:06
Small magnitude 3.2 quake hits 15 km west of Poitiers, France early morning
3.2 quake 3 Apr 1:56 am (GMT +2)
3.2 quake 3 Apr 1:56 am (GMT +2)
Just 10 minutes ago, a 3.2-magnitude earthquake struck near Poitiers, Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France. The tremor was recorded early morning on Saturday 3 April 2021 at 1:56 am local time, at a shallow depth of 10 km below the surface.
The event was filed by France's Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS), the first seismological agency to report it.
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 Montreuil-Bonnin (pop. 690) located 4 km from the epicenter.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Vouillé (pop. 3,000) located 6 km from the epicenter, Migné-Auxances (pop. 6,200) 14 km away, Migné (pop. 6,200) 14 km away, Poitiers (pop. 86,000) 15 km away, and Saint-Benoît (pop. 7,600) 16 km away. In Châtellerault (pop. 37,200, 40 km away), and Niort (pop. 54,700, 55 km away), the quake was probably not felt.

Download the Volcanoes & Earthquakes app and get one of the fastest seismic alerts online:
Android | iOS

Earthquake data

Date & time: Apr 2, 2021 23:56:15 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Saturday, Apr 3, 2021 1:56 am (GMT +2)
Magnitude: 3.1
Depth: 6.7 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 46.5937°N / 0.12369°E (Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France)
Antipode: 46.594°S / 179.876°W
Nearest volcano: Chaîne des Puys (236 km / 147 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
5 km (3 mi) SE of Latillé (pop: 1,450) --> See nearby quakes!
7 km (4 mi) WNW of Beruges (pop: 1,180) --> See nearby quakes!
17 km (10 mi) W of Poitiers (pop: 86,000) --> See nearby quakes!
21 km (13 mi) NNW of Vivonne (pop: 3,050) --> See nearby quakes!
21 km (13 mi) WSW of Jaunay-Clan (pop: 6,100) --> See nearby quakes!
28 km (17 mi) W of Buxerolles (Vienne) (pop: 9,420) --> See nearby quakes!
29 km (18 mi) E of Parthenay (Deux-Sèvres) (pop: 11,600) --> See nearby quakes!
41 km (25 mi) SW of Châtellerault (Vienne) (pop: 37,200) --> See nearby quakes!
203 km (126 mi) NNE of Bordeaux (pop: 231,800) --> See nearby quakes!
301 km (187 mi) SW of Paris (Île-de-France) (pop: 2,138,600) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Clear Sky 8°C (46 F), humidity: 61%, wind: 5 m/s (10 kts) from NNE
Primary data source: RENASS (Réseau National de Surveillance Sismique (RéNaSS))
Estimated released energy: 2.8 x 109 joules (783 kilowatt hours, equivalent to 0.674 tons of TNT) More info
Show interactive Map
[smaller] [bigger]
If you felt this quake (or if you were near the epicenter), please share your experience and submit a short "I felt it" report! Other users would love to hear about it!
If you did NOT feel the quake although you were in the area, please report it! Your contribution is valuable to earthquake science, seismic hazard analysis and mitigation efforts. You can use your device location or the map to indicate where you were during the earthquake. Thank you!

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
3.16.7 kmNear Poitiers, FranceRENASS
3.42 kmFRANCEEMSC

User reports for this quake (103)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Contribute:
Leave a comment if you find a particular report interesting or want to add to it.
Flag as inappropriate.
Mark as helpful or interesting.
Send your own user report!
Translate
Poitiers (17.6 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / vibration and rolling / 1-2 s : J'étais entrain de dormir, ça m'a réveillé direct et fait trembler de la tête aux pieds, comme si une très forte vibration me traversait. Mon conjoint a cru à une explosion dans la rue au premier abord. | 3 users found this interesting.  
79200 le tallud / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 15-20 s : Réveillée par des vibrations du sol et un grondement, comme une explosion venant du sous sol et proche des ondes provoquées par un mur du son. Duree estime d une dizaine de secondes. Bruit comme un orage, ce qui m a étonnée, car avec les vibrations e | 3 users found this interesting.  
Saint-Benoît, Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (14.5 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe / 1-2 s : 2 secousses séparées de moins de 1 seconde. Dur à expliquer mais j'ai bien senti physiquement le tremblement. | One user found this interesting.  
Migné Auxances (14.4 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / 5-10 s : J’et Levée j’ai entendu comme une explosion et ça bouger sous les pieds sa a réveiller mes enfants  
Près de Béruges 86190, dans mon lit. (5.7 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Ressenti comme une grosse explosion lointaine ou comme si la foudre était tombée très proche, grondement fort et sourd qui est allé crescendo, tout à tremblé murs, sol, fenêtres, lit  
Château-Renault, Indre-et-Loire, Centre-Val de Loire (121.3 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt / single lateral shake / 1-2 s : 2 explosions fortes simultanées.pas le roulement habituel d'un tremblement. J'ai cru que c'était l'usine SAFT à quelques centaines de mètres  
Villiers 86190 (10 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : I Heard a Big noise as if it was an explosion, I felt surprised and wondered what it was. It lasts a couple of seconds, very impressive  
Lavausseau (5.9 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : Très forte vibration, comme un avion qui vole très bas ou qui se crache au pieds de la maison au niveau du ressenti mais bien évidemment pas le même bruit  
Lieu-dit chaume Faye-l'Abbesse 79 près de Bressui (46.2 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 5-10 s : Ressenti un vrombissement comme un bruit de rocher cette nuit a 1h56min55sec | One user found this interesting.  
Thénezay / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s : Was awake when it started. Thought it was thunder at first. Intensified and slight shaking then died down  
38700 LE SAPPEY EN CHARTREUSE - FRANCE / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : On wednesday 2 april 2021 at 23:30, my kitchen wall clock, not correctly hanged fell on the table and stopped, due to battery ejection. I think this may be caused by a vibration caused by an earthquake, probably not the one repported in Poitiers  
Chiré en montreuil / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : J'ai été réveillé par un bruit sourd avec de légères vibrations. J'ai d'abord pensé à un avion à basse altitude, mais s'était différent, cela a bien duré 10 secondes.  
Boivre la Vallée / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 1-2 s : J'ai été réveillé juste avant, je me suis levé et j'ai senti d'un coup que ça tremblait avec 2 ou 3 claquement. Cela à réveillé ma fille qui a senti son lit bouger  
Smarves / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 5-10 s : Noise like a very big truck passing by, thunder in the distance or big continuous guet of wind. I was in bed but felt it a bit.  
Vendeuvre du Poitou / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 1-2 s : I heard an unusual growl that seemed to come from all over the house. I immediately understood that it was an earthquake despite the strong wind  
Home (27.3 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s : Not very shaking but I felt like an explosion. It was like my window blow up  
Boulevard de l'Envigne 86100 Châtellerault (39.7 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : Rien ressenti  
Cherveux (39 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / very short : Thud and small shaking on a short period  
Pamproux, Deux-Sèvres, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (29.1 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt
Vouillé, Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (6.6 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Le TALLUD (32.8 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / vibration and rolling / 10-15 s : Grondement prolongé. Cela m'a réveillé.  
Parthenay, Deux-Sèvres, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (29.8 km W of epicenter) [Map] / not felt / very short : J'ai entendu un bruit sourd  
vouillé (6.9 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
francois 79260 (43.6 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : low frequency noise and vibration of the walls for a a couple of seconds  
St martin la pallu (19 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / very short : Des vibrations de la maison et du lit. Précédés par un grondement sourd  
Vivonne (20.7 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : Bruit sourd venant du sol et 2 explosions comme un mur du son dans l'air.  
8611 (20.6 km N of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 15-20 s
Avanton (15.8 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / complex motion difficult to describe / 10-15 s
Poitiers (18.8 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vibration and rolling / 5-10 s : bruit de choc, craquements dans la maison, puis sensation de vibration qui se propage.  
86150 moussac (55.5 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Rumbling and slight vibrations  
Saint-Georges-lès-Baillargeaux, Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (21.2 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
Vouneuil-sous-Biard (11 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / vibration and rolling / 5-10 s : Comme une explosion  
Poitiers sud (1.3 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / complex motion difficult to describe / 2-5 s
Poitiers, Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (17.4 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Thought a train was in the street  
Niort, Deux-Sèvres, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (53.4 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / complex motion difficult to describe : J’ai juste senti le sol trembler mais rien de plus  
Béruges, Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (2 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : It just woke me up. I heard a noise and felt a vibration.  
Celle-Lévescault, Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (20.7 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 5-10 s : Grumbling noise heard in Amailloux  
Champigny en rochereau (15.2 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : It looks like a storm because of the noise, then make the house moving.  
Avanton, Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (15.2 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe / 2-5 s
Lavausseau (3.3 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 5-10 s
Vouillé, Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (6.2 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / complex motion difficult to describe / 1-2 s : Comme un train qui passe sans s arrêter. Pas de vibration  
Quinçay (8.9 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 5-10 s : Forte vibrations secousse de 7 à 8 secondes  
Saint Symphorien (59.9 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Poitiers, Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (15.6 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
Niort, Deux-Sèvres, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (54.2 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt : I was just hear a noise  
Poitiers, Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (16.3 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Cissé (10.5 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s
Saint-Benoît, Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (15.9 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 1-2 s
South of Saint Maixent L'ecole (34.1 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : In bed. The house shook, a bit frightening.  
20 rue carnot, 86000 POITIERS (16.5 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s : Wake me up  
Fontaine-le-Comte, Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (18.1 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
Poitiers, Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (16.3 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
saint-benoit 86280 (19.3 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s
Béruges, Vienne, Nouvelle-Aquitaine (4.9 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s
Mignalou / Weak shaking (MMI III) / complex motion difficult to describe / 1-2 s : Parecia uma onda de uma pequena explosão. Foi bem rápido.  
Poitiers / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 1-2 s
Neuville de Poitou 86170 / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe / 20-30 s
Champigny en Rochereau / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Vibrations fortes qui m'ont réveillées  
Champigny en Rochereau / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
saint benoit 86280 VIENNE / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : Roulement sourd et craquements à l'intérieur de la maison  
79340 Vasles / Light shaking (MMI IV) : It was the noise that woke us it seemed to go on for quite a few seconds  
Ayron / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / simple rolling (tilting sideways along one direction) / 5-10 s
Poitiers / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Neuville de Poitou / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Poitiers / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
Poitiers / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s : Asleep  
Saint Georges les baillargeaux 86130 / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Gros tremblements accompagnés d'un bruit immense, d'environ 3-4 secondes  
Quincay / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s
8 rue Fort Seneret 86190 Quincay / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating
Neuville de Poitou / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single vertical bump / very short : La maison a tremblé et nous avons entendu comme une déflagration  
Lieu-dit chaume Faye-l'Abbesse 79 près de Bressui / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vibration and rolling / 5-10 s : Ressenti un vrombissement comme un bruit de rocher à 1h56 50 secondes cette nuit  
Curzay-sur-Vonne / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
Neuville de Poitou / not felt
Quincay / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s
Vivonne / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 15-20 s : Un gros roulement de tambour de plusieurs secondes  
Chasseneuil du poitou / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 1-2 s
Vouneuil-sous-Biard / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Le Rochereau, 86170 / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single vertical bump / very short
Cissé / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s
Lavausseau / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 10-15 s : Angoisse  
Fontaine le comte / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Jai entendu arrivé au loin et d'un coup le sol a vibrer de partout. Jai eu tres peur.  
Vouneuil sous biard / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s
pompaire / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 10-15 s
Poitiers / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : I wonder what sas happening what sas Ghislaine étrange noise  
Avanton / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s : Un gros grondement sourd  
Fontaine le comte / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Comme une explosion, grondement sourd et le bureau vibrait quelques secondes.  
Neuville-de-Poitou / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Cissé / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe / 10-15 s
Poitiers / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Poitiers / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s
79450 / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 20-30 s
Buxerolles / Weak shaking (MMI III) / complex motion difficult to describe / 2-5 s
Ayron 86190 / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 20-30 s
86170 / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single vertical bump / 2-5 s
Sleeping / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
Villiers / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 1-2 s
Parthenay / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / very short
Biard / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 1-2 s
Poitiers / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 5-10 s : Vibrations sur le sol et bruit  
Poitiers / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
4 grand rue, Louin, 79600 / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s : I felt and heard it rumble through the noise  
Cissé / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
2 chemin des cloudets cherves / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Show more
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android

Earlier earthquakes in the same area

Try our free app!
Volcanoes & Earthquakes - new app for Android
Android | iOS version
Why is there advertising on this site?
Support us - Help us upgrade our services!
We truly love working to bring you the latest volcano and earthquake data from around the world. Maintaining our website and our free apps does require, however, considerable time and resources.
We need financing to increase hard- and software capacity as well as support our editor team. We're aiming to achieve uninterrupted service wherever an earthquake or volcano eruption unfolds, and your donations can make it happen! Every donation will be highly appreciated. If you find the information useful and would like to support our team in integrating further features, write great content, and in upgrading our soft- and hardware, please make a donation (PayPal or Online credit card payment).

Planned features:
  • Improved multilanguage support
  • Tsunami alerts
  • Faster responsiveness
Thanks to your past donations, these features have been added recently:
  • Earthquake archive from 1900 onwards
  • Detailed quake stats
  • Additional seismic data sources
Download and Upgrade the Volcanoes & Earthquakes app to get one of the fastest seismic and volcano alerts online:
Android | IOS
Thank you!
Copyrights: VolcanoDiscovery and other sources as noted.
Use of material: Most texts and images, in particular photographs, on this website are protected by copyright. Further reproduction and use of without authorization is usually not consented. If you are not sure or need licensing rights for photographs, for example for publications and commercial use, please contact us.