Moderate mag. 4.3 earthquake - 25 km north of Shkoder, Albania, on Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 4:19 am (GMT +2) -

Moderate mag. 4.3 earthquake - 25 km north of Shkoder, Albania, on Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 4:19 am (GMT +2)

Moderate magnitude 4.3 earthquake at 5 km depth

15 Sep 02:22 UTC: First to report: GFZ after 2 minutes.
15 Sep 02:26: Magnitude recalculated from 4.8 to 4.3. Hypocenter depth recalculated from 10.0 to 5.0 km (from 6.2 to 3.1 mi). Epicenter location corrected by 3.5 km (2.2 mi) towards WSW.
Update Wed, 15 Sep 2021, 02:30
Moderate tremor of magnitude 4.3 just reported 25 km north of Shkoder, Albania
4.3 quake 25 km north of Shkoder, Albania, Sep 15, 2021 4:19 am (GMT +2)
4.3 quake 25 km north of Shkoder, Albania, Sep 15, 2021 4:19 am (GMT +2)
A magnitude 4.3 earthquake near Shkoder, Rrethi i Shkodrës, Albania, was reported only 10 minutes ago by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ), considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a very shallow depth of 5 km beneath the epicenter early morning on Wednesday, September 15th, 2021, at 4:19 am local time. 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.
A second report was later issued by the National Observatory of Athens (NOA), which listed it as a magnitude 4.0 earthquake. A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 4.5.
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 Koplik (pop. 4,100) located 9 km from the epicenter, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Mataguži (pop. 1,100) located 17 km from the epicenter, Mojanovići (pop. 1,800) 22 km away, Podgorica (pop. 236,900) 24 km away, Shkoder (pop. 88,200) 25 km away, and Pukë (pop. 6,500) 44 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Arsi (pop. 2,400) located 51 km from the epicenter, Rrëshen (pop. 10,100) 67 km away, and Decan (pop. 50,500) 72 km away.
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Earthquake data

Date & time: Sep 15, 2021 02:19:43 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: Wednesday, Sep 15, 2021 4:19 am (GMT +2)
Magnitude: 4.3
Depth: 5.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 42.29°N / 19.48°E (Shkoder, Albania)
Antipode: 42.29°S / 160.52°W
Nearby towns and cities:
9 km (6 mi) NNE of Koplik (Shkodër) (pop: 4,080) --> See nearby quakes!
22 km (14 mi) ESE of Mojanovići (Podgorica, Montenegro) (pop: 1,800) --> See nearby quakes!
24 km (15 mi) SE of Podgorica (Montenegro) (pop: 236,900) --> See nearby quakes!
25 km (15 mi) N of Shkoder (Shkodër) (pop: 88,200) --> See nearby quakes!
44 km (27 mi) NW of Pukë (Shkodër) (pop: 6,500) --> See nearby quakes!
54 km (33 mi) N of Shengjin (Lezhë) (pop: 2,700) --> See nearby quakes!
61 km (38 mi) ESE of Dobrota (Kotor, Montenegro) (pop: 5,440) --> See nearby quakes!
67 km (41 mi) NNW of Rrëshen (Rrethi i Mirditës, Lezhë) (pop: 10,100) --> See nearby quakes!
72 km (45 mi) WSW of Decan (Gjakova, Kosovo) (pop: 50,500) --> See nearby quakes!
111 km (69 mi) NNW of Tirana (pop: 374,800) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Clear Sky 15.9°C (61 F), humidity: 43%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from NE
Primary data source: GFZ (German Research Centre for Geosciences)
Estimated released energy: 1.8 x 1011 joules (49.4 megawatt hours, equivalent to 42.5 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.
Mag.DepthLocationSource
4.35 kmAlbania: NW Balkan RegionGFZ
4.110 kmALBANIAEMSC
4.010 kmAlbania: 234 Km NW From FlorinaNOA
4.121 km9 Km NNE of Koplik, AlbaniaUSGS
4.510 kmAlbania [Land]INGV
4.210 kmMontenegro-Albania Border RegionNIEP
4.120 kmAlbania: Boric I Math / AlbanienZAMG

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Podgorica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 5-10 s : I felt it in Podgorica. | 6 users found this interesting.  
  • I felt it in Podgorica
Podgorica / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : The hotel was shaking and the windows rattled. | 5 users found this interesting.  
Dobrota / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s : Felt like someone was gently shaking my bed | 4 users found this interesting.  
Bojana island / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s : I woke up from the fact that the bed was shaking. but the shaking quickly passed | 3 users found this interesting.  
Bajze malesi e madhe / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Light shaking | 3 users found this interesting.  
Podgorica (24.2 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 15-20 s : Earthquake was felt, and it wasn’t so light, but luckily there are no building damages. People awakened. All local dogs have started yo yell, and they are not stopping to do so even 25 minutes after the earthquake. | 2 users found this interesting.  
Koplik (10.1 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : Mcoi prej gjumit qr | 2 users found this interesting.  
Podgorica (25.3 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Was sleeping. Very unpleasant | 2 users found this interesting.  
Podgorica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / simple rolling (tilting sideways along one direction) / 2-5 s : I was asleep, a vibration woke me up | 2 users found this interesting.  
Tivat (66 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s : Laying in bed | 2 users found this interesting.  
Ada Bojana (47.7 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / 2-5 s : Watching TV | 2 users found this interesting.  
Podgorica / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Sound | 2 users found this interesting.  
Kruce Montenegro (43.3 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Ik werd wakker van lawaai en geschud | One user found this interesting.  
Podgorica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : Moderate | One user found this interesting.  
Tirana (109.8 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) (reported through our app)
Podgorica (23.7 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Mataguži, Podgorica (15.6 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : Tuzi  
near Danilovgrad (44.5 km NNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 2-5 s
near Plav, Opština Plav (40.1 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 1-2 s
Podgorica (24.6 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s
Dobrota, Kotor (61.2 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating
Podgorica (24.5 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / very short
Mataguži, Podgorica (17.5 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s : Got woken up by it, wasn't sure what was going on though but it ended up shortly.  
Ulcinj (44.8 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / not felt / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : Scared  
Podgorica (26.1 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : ,-  
Podgorica (25.2 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s
Ulcinj (44.5 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Bar (37.6 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s
Podgorica (21.8 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Bijela, Herceg Novi (71.9 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Mataguži, Podgorica (16.9 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Tirana (109.4 km SSE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) (reported through our app)
Podgorica / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s : Its short  
Rijeka Crnojevica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : Shaking about 7 seconds. Felt like a train was passing by very close  
Bechichi / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s
Herceg Novi / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Just woke up a few minutes before earthquake started. Short, not too much rattling/vibrating. Child and baby didnt wake up.  
Budva (52.2 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s
Tivat / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Tivat (65.8 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
Podgorica / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s
Podgorica / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s : Its short  
Tirane / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Bajzë / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging
Mareza (30.5 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : I felt some deep sound few second before computer monitor starts shaking.  
Portonovi / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 20-30 s
Lustica Bay, Montenegro (67.9 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : My bed was shaking.  
Podgorica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Skhoder / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
Dobrota / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Boašići / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
Kotor, Montenegro / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Light shaking Recognised while lying in bed. I was already awake, when it starts.  
Ulcinj / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
Tivat, montenegro (68.1 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating
Bechichi / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s
Podgorica / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 20-30 s
Bar, Montenegro / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / complex rolling (tilting in multiple directions) / 5-10 s
Becici / Weak shaking (MMI III) / simple rolling (tilting sideways along one direction) / 1-2 s
Klinci (76.7 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating
Theth, guest house kulla pracja (26.6 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s : I woke up and it felt like a very strong wind was blowing against the upper floor of our house. It rattled for at least one second and it happens twice. I wondered how strong a wind must be to wake me up and rattle a house built out of stone. Then I knew   
Podgorica / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 2-5 s
Podgorica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s
Zagreb / not felt (reported through our app)
Podgorica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 10-15 s : I heard what I thought was thunder before I felt the rattling. The house rattled for about 5 minutes, then the sound slowly disappeared, like a train was moving by.  
Budva / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Podgorica (24.4 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 10-15 s
Podgorica / Weak shaking (MMI III) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 2-5 s
Podgorica / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Shaking snd noise  
Podgorica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s : It woke us up, instantly recognized was an earthquake.  
Podgorica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s
Koplik (9.4 km SSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s : I'm in the top of a 8 floors building in Koplik (Malësi e Madhe) and I was sleeping but I woke up because it was a quite strong one lol  
Podgorica Montenegro / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s
Herceg Novi / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / very short
Golubovci / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
Podgorica / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I was asleep, but was woken up to the bed shaking.  
Podgorica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 15-20 s : Strong shaking. That awake me.  
Podgorica / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Podgorica / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 30-60 s : Scary  
Herceg Novi, Montenegro / Weak shaking (MMI III) / very short
Podgorica / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s
Podgorica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Podgorica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 5-10 s
Podgorica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s : Light shaking, my eyes were wide open (reported through our app)  
Podgorica / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : .  
Theth / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Podgorica / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 2-5 s : Jes  
Podgorica (25.2 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Bar Montenegro / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single vertical bump / 1-2 s
Podgorica, Montenegro / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Light shaking  
Niksic / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s
Podgorica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 5-10 s
Skodre / Light shaking (MMI IV) / very short : The bed moved.  
Podgorica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s
Montenegro (24.3 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s
podgorica (26.6 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / vibration and rolling / 2-5 s
Podgorica / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s : Woke up from sleeping  
Podgorica / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 1-2 s
Herceg Novi, Montenegro / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 2-5 s
Herceg Novi / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 30-60 s
Ulcinj / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s
Podgorica (23.9 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s : Strong  
baosici / Light shaking (MMI IV) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 2-5 s
Podgorica / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Podgorica / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Podgorica (23.8 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 10-15 s
shkoder / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 20-30 s
Podgorica, Montenegro / Light shaking (MMI IV) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Kotor / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 2-5 s
Podgorica / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
koplik / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / rattling, vibrating / 2-5 s
Podgorica (18.8 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe / 1-2 s
Bar (37.3 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Podgorica (21.1 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / 1-2 s
Podgorica / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
бар / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Podgorica / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Tivat, Montenegro (65.1 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 1-2 s
Dobra voda (39.1 km SW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 1-2 s
Podgorica (23.9 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / very short
Podgorica / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / 2-5 s
Bar, Montenegro (38 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s
Podgorica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 2-5 s (reported through our app)
Podgorica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / complex motion difficult to describe / 5-10 s
Podgorica / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single vertical bump / 2-5 s
Shenkoll / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 5-10 s (reported through our app)
Podgorica / not felt / very short
Podgorica (23.7 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) / horizontal (sideways) swinging / 15-20 s
Podgorica (24.1 km NW of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
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