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Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - Eastern Mediterranean, 112 km south of Birkirkara, Malta, on Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023 at 9:25 pm (GMT +1) -

Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - Eastern Mediterranean, 112 km south of Birkirkara, Malta, on Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023 at 9:25 pm (GMT +1) Strong mag. 5.3 earthquake - Eastern Mediterranean, 112 km south of Birkirkara, Malta, on Tuesday, Jan 24, 2023 at 9:25 pm (GMT +1)

Strong magnitude 5.3 earthquake at 10 km depth

24 Jan 20:29 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 4 minutes.
24 Jan 20:29: Now using data updates from GFZ
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27 Jan 18:26: Epicenter location corrected by 0.7 km (0.4 mi) towards NNE.
Update Tue, 24 Jan 2023, 20:45

Moderate 4.8 quake hits near Qormi, Malta

4.8 quake 24 Jan 9:25 pm (GMT +1)
4.8 quake 24 Jan 9:25 pm (GMT +1)
A magnitude 4.8 earthquake near Qormi, Malta, was reported only 19 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 shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter in the evening on Tuesday, January 24th, 2023, at 9:25 pm 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 citizen-seismograph network of RaspberryShake, which listed it as a magnitude 4.8 earthquake as well. Other agencies reporting the same quake include the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) at magnitude 4.9, and the National Observatory of Athens (NOA) at magnitude 5.0.
Towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Birzebbuga (pop. 8,700) located 113 km from the epicenter, Mqabba (pop. 2,900) 115 km away, Paula (pop. 9,300) 118 km away, Qormi (pop. 18,200) 118 km away, Mdina (pop. 360) 119 km away, Imtarfa (pop. 2,400) 119 km away, and Senglea (pop. 3,000) 119 km away.
VolcanoDiscovery will automatically update magnitude and depth if these change and follow up if other significant news about the quake become available. If you're in the area, please send us your experience through our reporting mechanism, either online or via our mobile app. This will help us provide more first-hand updates to anyone around the globe who wants to know more about this quake.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeJan 24, 2023 20:25:34 UTC -
Local time at epicenterTuesday, Jan 24, 2023 at 9:25 pm (GMT +1)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.3
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude34.8994°N / 14.3274°E (Eastern Mediterranean, Malta)
Antipode34.899°S / 165.673°W
Shaking intensityModerate shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearby towns and cities104 km (65 mi) S of Żurrieq (pop: 9,150) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
106 km (66 mi) S of Mqabba (pop: 2,890) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
109 km (68 mi) S of Paula (pop: 9,260) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
109 km (68 mi) S of Qormi (pop: 18,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
110 km (68 mi) S of Mdina (pop: 360) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
111 km (69 mi) S of Imtarfa (pop: 2,430) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
111 km (69 mi) S of Senglea (pop: 2,960) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
112 km (69 mi) S of Birkirkara (pop: 21,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
112 km (69 mi) S of Birgu (pop: 2,940) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
112 km (70 mi) S of Floriana (pop: 2,520) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
112 km (70 mi) S of Ta’ Xbiex (pop: 1,640) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
113 km (70 mi) S of Valleta (pop: 6,790) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
125 km (78 mi) S of Għajnsielem (pop: 3,260) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
110 km (68 mi) S of Malta Island (pop: 388,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeLight Rain 13.4°C (56 F), humidity: 82%, wind: 6 m/s (12 kts) from E
Estimated seismic energy released5.6 x 1012 joules (1.56 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 1344 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
5.310 km104 Km S of Żurrieq, MaltaUSGS
5.010 kmMalta: 631 Km WSW From Volimes ZakyntosNOA
5.310 kmMalta: CENTRAL MEDITERRANEAN SEAEMSC
5.310 kmMalta: Central Mediterranean SeaRaspberryShake
5.616 kmMalta [Sea]INGV
5.310 km105 Km S of Żurrieq, MaltaGFZ
5.310 kmMalta: Central Mediterranean SeaIRIS

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.

Aftershocks

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Recorded aftershocks, latest first (41 quakes)

Date and timeMag
Depth
LocationDetails
Feb 4, 2023 11:46
47 minutes ago
3.1

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 111 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Feb 4, 2023 06:04
6 hours ago - felt
4.9

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 114 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Feb 2, 2023 22:29
1 day 14 hours ago
3.6

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 125 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Feb 2, 2023 21:24
1 day 15 hours ago
3.0

22 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 120 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Feb 2, 2023 02:55
2 days ago - felt
3.4

15 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 119 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Feb 1, 2023 23:55
3 days ago
2.9

9 km
Eastern Mediterranean, MaltaMore
Feb 1, 2023 23:44
3 days ago
3.9

19 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 120 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Feb 1, 2023 22:21
3 days ago
2.9

17 km
Eastern Mediterranean, MaltaMore
Feb 1, 2023 17:54
3 days ago - felt
3.5

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 120 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Feb 1, 2023 04:37
3 days ago - felt
3.7

9 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 118 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 31, 2023 19:09
4 days ago - felt
4.0

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 126 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 31, 2023 19:02
4 days ago
3.7

11 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 135 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 31, 2023 12:12
4 days ago
3.1

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 123 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 31, 2023 06:57
4 days ago
3.7

20 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 122 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 31, 2023 00:43
4 days ago - felt
4.6

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 119 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 30, 2023 20:13
5 days ago - felt
3.5

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 122 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 30, 2023 20:10
5 days ago - felt
3.8

18 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 115 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 30, 2023 19:55
5 days ago - felt
5.3

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 98 km S of Żurrieq, MaltaMore
Jan 30, 2023 05:57
5 days ago
3.2

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 121 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 30, 2023 04:56
5 days ago
3.2

17 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 121 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 30, 2023 04:14
5 days ago - felt
2.9

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, MaltaMore
Jan 30, 2023 01:02
5 days ago - felt
4.3

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 119 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 29, 2023 18:06
6 days ago - felt
3.5

19 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 115 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 27, 2023 17:38
8 days ago - felt
4.2

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 124 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 27, 2023 02:32
8 days ago
3.8

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 125 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 26, 2023 18:04
9 days ago
3.8

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 130 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 26, 2023 01:52
9 days ago
3.4

26 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 120 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 26, 2023 01:49
9 days ago
3.2

1 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 121 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 26, 2023 01:05
9 days ago
3.7

14 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 118 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 21:51
10 days ago - felt
3.9

9.5 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 120 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 20:41
10 days ago
3.5

16 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 120 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 18:53
10 days ago
3.4

19 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 117 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 14:40
10 days ago
3.6

9.7 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 124 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 12:09
10 days ago
3.2

25 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 99 km S of Żurrieq, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 11:57
10 days ago
2.9

23 km
Eastern Mediterranean, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 07:54
10 days ago - felt
4.0

19 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 117 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 06:44
10 days ago
3.8

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 107 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 03:28
10 days ago
3.9

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 112 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 01:12
10 days ago
4.1

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 129 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 25, 2023 00:22
11 days ago
3.4

10 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 98 km S of Żurrieq, MaltaMore
Jan 24, 2023 22:10
11 days ago
3.8

39 km
Eastern Mediterranean, 136 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore

Earlier earthquakes in the same area since 1900

Date and time GMTMag
Depth
DistanceLocationDetails
Sep 29, 1992 15:04
30 years ago
5.3

10 km
49km / 30mi158 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 23, 2023 10:37
12 days ago
5.1

10 km
19km / 12miEastern Mediterranean, 99 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 18, 2023 15:54
2 weeks ago
5.1

10 km
3km / 2miEastern Mediterranean, 115 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 18, 2023 04:21
2 weeks ago
5.0

10 km
7km / 4miEastern Mediterranean, 96 km S of Żurrieq, MaltaMore
Jan 18, 2023 14:13
2 weeks ago
4.9

10 km
8km / 5miEastern Mediterranean, 120 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 18, 2023 17:00
2 weeks ago
4.7

10 km
12km / 8miEastern Mediterranean, 110 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jul 3, 2012 05:03
11 years ago
4.5

0.6 km
105km / 65miEastern Mediterranean, 185 km NE of Tripoli, LibyaMore
Apr 25, 2009 01:36
14 years ago
4.5

10 km
78km / 49mi169 km NE of Tripoli, LibyaMore
Dec 29, 2022 00:23
5 weeks ago
4.4

10 km
9km / 6miEastern Mediterranean, 98 km S of Żurrieq, MaltaMore
Nov 8, 1977 21:44
45 years ago
4.4

33 km
118km / 73mi164 km SE of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Sep 30, 2020 01:01
2 years ago
4.3

10 km
99km / 61mi6.2 km S of Birzebbuga, MaltaMore
May 13, 2020 17:03
3 years ago
4.3

140 km
114km / 71miEastern Mediterranean, 191 km SE of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Aug 4, 2018 04:07
5 years ago
4.3

10 km
82km / 51miEastern Mediterranean, 174 km N of Tripoli, LibyaMore
Jan 17, 2023 19:42
3 weeks ago
4.2

10.2 km
7km / 5miEastern Mediterranean, 111 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
May 21, 2014 04:13
9 years ago
4.2

10 km
96km / 60mi39 km SE of Żabbar, MaltaMore
Nov 11, 1992 20:40
30 years ago
4.2

10 km
56km / 35mi166 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Sep 11, 1992 17:20
30 years ago
4.2

10 km
55km / 34mi166 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Aug 23, 2017 09:16
5 years ago
4.1

39 km
90km / 56mi55 km SE of Żabbar, MaltaMore
Apr 24, 2011 13:02
12 years ago
4.1

20 km
114km / 71mi29 km E of Marsaskala, MaltaMore
Oct 18, 2006 18:25
16 years ago
4.1

35 km
130km / 81mi118 km NE of Tājūrā’, Tripoli, LibyaMore
Jul 7, 2003 15:08
20 years ago
4.1

10 km
114km / 71mi22 km E of Żabbar, MaltaMore
Jan 19, 2000 16:21
23 years ago
4.1

10 km
58km / 36mi160 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Oct 8, 2022 03:33
17 weeks ago
4.0

38 km
72km / 45miEastern Mediterranean, 181 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Aug 25, 2017 17:10
5 years ago
4.0

10 km
131km / 81miEastern Mediterranean, 84 km E of Valleta, Valletta, MaltaMore
Jan 19, 2023 06:18
2 weeks ago
3.9

10 km
27km / 17miEastern Mediterranean, 118 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Sep 29, 1992 22:52
30 years ago
3.9

9 km
43km / 27mi139 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 19, 2023 04:22
2 weeks ago
3.8

10 km
16km / 10miEastern Mediterranean, 118 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 18, 2023 22:38
2 weeks ago
3.8

10 km
27km / 17miEastern Mediterranean, 125 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Dec 13, 2021 02:25
1 year 8 weeks ago
3.8

38 km
41km / 25miEastern Mediterranean, 143 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Oct 9, 2021 06:52
1 year 17 weeks ago
3.7

10.1 km
36km / 22miEastern Mediterranean, 128 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Nov 18, 2018 14:22
4 years ago
3.7

8.6 km
99km / 62miEastern Mediterranean, 178 km SW of Valleta, Valletta, MaltaMore
Apr 22, 2001 15:44
22 years ago
3.7

33 km
8km / 5mi104 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Sep 30, 1992 19:01
30 years ago
3.7

10 km
38km / 24mi150 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 23, 2023 12:49
12 days ago
3.6

15 km
24km / 15miEastern Mediterranean, 117 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 20, 2023 15:14
2 weeks ago
3.6

18 km
23km / 14miEastern Mediterranean, 119 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 19, 2023 04:15
2 weeks ago
3.6

10 km
17km / 10miEastern Mediterranean, 127 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 18, 2023 08:46
2 weeks ago
3.6

10 km
38km / 24miEastern Mediterranean, 75 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Oct 9, 2021 14:57
1 year 17 weeks ago
3.6

15 km
32km / 20miEastern Mediterranean, 131 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Oct 2, 2021 02:39
1 year 18 weeks ago
3.6

19 km
18km / 11miEastern Mediterranean, 130 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 23, 2023 15:28
12 days ago
3.5

10 km
18km / 11miEastern Mediterranean, 127 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 22, 2023 14:21
13 days ago
3.5

16 km
10km / 6miEastern Mediterranean, 116 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 18, 2023 23:29
2 weeks ago
3.5

10 km
18km / 11miEastern Mediterranean, 116 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jul 12, 2022 23:06
30 weeks ago
3.5

2 km
67km / 41mi45 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Sep 22, 2021 02:24
1 year 19 weeks ago
3.5

17 km
35km / 22miEastern Mediterranean, 129 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Mar 10, 2020 16:08
3 years ago
3.5

10 km
46km / 29mi69 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Oct 8, 2017 11:48
5 years ago
3.5

19 km
101km / 63miEastern Mediterranean, 71 km SE of Żabbar, MaltaMore
Dec 13, 2006 13:28
16 years ago
3.5

10 km
103km / 64mi164 km SE of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Jan 22, 2023 13:56
13 days ago
3.4

10 km
25km / 16miEastern Mediterranean, 118 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Sep 2, 2017 00:45
5 years ago
3.4

10 km
106km / 66miEastern Mediterranean, 77 km SE of Żabbar, MaltaMore
Aug 8, 2017 14:29
5 years ago
3.2

8.6 km
90km / 56mi44 km SE of Żabbar, MaltaMore
Jan 23, 2023 13:09
12 days ago
3.1

10 km
27km / 17miEastern Mediterranean, 122 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Sep 27, 2021 00:14
1 year 19 weeks ago
3.1

38 km
28km / 17miEastern Mediterranean, 139 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Oct 1, 2020 09:00
2 years ago
3.1

1.9 km
90km / 56mi18 km SW of Żurrieq, MaltaMore
Sep 30, 2020 02:51
2 years ago
3.1

3.5 km
86km / 54mi20 km SW of Qrendi, MaltaMore
Mar 28, 2020 00:26
3 years ago
3.1

10 km
40km / 25miEastern Mediterranean, 79 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Oct 2, 2017 07:33
5 years ago
3.1

65 km
76km / 47mi35 km S of Qormi, MaltaMore
Dec 27, 2022 18:02
6 weeks ago
3.0

10 km
26km / 16miEastern Mediterranean, 95 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Sep 27, 2021 02:27
1 year 19 weeks ago
3.0

27 km
46km / 28miEastern Mediterranean, 140 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Sep 27, 2021 00:00
1 year 19 weeks ago
3.0

20 km
37km / 23miEastern Mediterranean, 132 km S of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Oct 31, 2020 20:04
2 years ago
3.0

2.4 km
86km / 53mi21 km SW of Żurrieq, MaltaMore
Oct 1, 2020 03:45
2 years ago
3.0

27 km
77km / 48mi27 km S of Żurrieq, MaltaMore
May 12, 2018 14:04
5 years ago
3.0

10 km
75km / 47miEastern Mediterranean, 172 km S of Valleta, Valletta, MaltaMore
Sep 6, 2017 01:52
5 years ago
3.0

10 km
103km / 64miEastern Mediterranean, 80 km SE of Żabbar, MaltaMore
Jun 28, 2006 19:39
17 years ago
2.9

10 km
42km / 26mi73 km S of Qormi, MaltaMore
Aug 1, 2018 23:19
5 years ago
2.6

38 km
60km / 37miEastern Mediterranean, 142 km SW of Valleta, Valletta, MaltaMore
Feb 1, 2018 04:19
5 years ago
2.6

10 km
76km / 47mi82 km SW of Birkirkara, MaltaMore
Oct 3, 2017 14:34
5 years ago
2.4

31 km
77km / 48mi62 km SE of Marsaskala, MaltaMore
Show all

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