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Mag. 2.6 quake - 23 km northwest of Nikšić, Opština Nikšić, Montenegro, on Monday, Nov 20, 2023, at 10:16 am (Podgorica time) -

A light magnitude 2.6 earthquake hit 23 km (14 mi) away from Nikšić, Opština Nikšić,  n/a, in the morning of Monday, Nov 20, 2023 at 10.16 am local time (Europe/Podgorica GMT +2). The quake had a very shallow depth of 5 km (3.1 mi) and was reported felt by some people near the epicenter.

Mag. 2.6 quake - 23 km northwest of Nikšić, Opština Nikšić, Montenegro, on Monday, Nov 20, 2023, at 10:16 am (Podgorica time) Mag. 2.6 quake - 23 km northwest of Nikšić, Opština Nikšić, Montenegro, on Monday, Nov 20, 2023, at 10:16 am (Podgorica time)

Weak magnitude 2.6 earthquake at 5 km depth

20 Nov 08:21 UTC: First to report: SSS after 4 minutes.

Earthquake details

Date & timeNov 20, 2023 08:16:41 UTC -
Local time at epicenterMonday, Nov 20, 2023, at 10:16 am (Europe/Podgorica GMT +2)
StatusPreliminary (automatic detection)
Depth5.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude42.91°N / 18.73°E Opština Nikšić, Montenegro
Also near: Bosnia and Herzegovina 15.9 km (10 mi) away | Croatia 43 km (27 mi) away | Serbia 75 km (47 mi) away | Albania 81 km (50 mi) away
Seismic antipode42.91°S / 161.27°W
Shaking intensityWeak shaking near epicenter
Felt1 report
Primary data sourceSSS (Seismological Survey of Serbia)
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeOvercast Clouds 1°C (34 F), humidity: 76%, wind: 0 m/s (1 kts) from NW
Estimated seismic energy released5 x 108 joules (139 kilowatt hours, equivalent to 0.12 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Nearby places

The closest larger town where the quake might have been felt is Bezuje, a town with 188 inhabitants in n/a, in 21 km (13 mi) distance northeast of the epicenter. People likely experienced very weak shaking there. In the capital of  n/a, Podgorica, 68 km (42 mi) away from the epicenter, the earthquake could not be felt.
The following table shows some of the places that might have been affected (or not) by the shaking.
Distance Place Max. shaking intensity(*) Region Country
21 km (13 mi)
NE of epicenter
(pop: 188)
II: Very weak
23 km (14 mi)
SE of epicenter
(pop: 58,200)
II: Very weak
Opština Nikšić
25 km (15 mi)
W of epicenter
(pop: 13,300)
II: Very weak
Bosnia Serb Republic
25 km (16 mi)
E of epicenter
(pop: 280)
II: Very weak
Opština Šavnik
28 km (18 mi)
N of epicenter
(pop: 1,490)
II: Very weak
34 km (21 mi)
SE of epicenter
(pop: 550)
I: Not felt
Opština Nikšić
38 km (24 mi)
NE of epicenter
Pašina Voda
(pop: 166)
I: Not felt
Opština Žabljak
38 km (24 mi)
SW of epicenter
(pop: 33,200)
I: Not felt
Bosnia Serb Republic
41 km (25 mi)
NE of epicenter
Crna Gora
(pop: 311)
I: Not felt
44 km (27 mi)
S of epicenter
(pop: 2,080)
I: Not felt
49 km (30 mi)
SE of epicenter
(pop: 147)
I: Not felt
49 km (30 mi)
SW of epicenter
(pop: 295)
I: Not felt
Konavle, Dubrovnik - Neretva
52 km (32 mi)
NE of epicenter
(pop: 292)
I: Not felt
53 km (33 mi)
S of epicenter
(pop: 3,750)
I: Not felt
Herceg Novi
56 km (35 mi)
SW of epicenter
Ragusa Vecchia
(pop: 2,150)
I: Not felt
Konavle, Dubrovnik - Neretva
56 km (35 mi)
SE of epicenter
(pop: 493)
I: Not felt
57 km (36 mi)
SW of epicenter
(pop: 139)
I: Not felt
Dubrovnik, Dubrovnik - Neretva
58 km (36 mi)
SE of epicenter
Crvena Paprat
(pop: 119)
I: Not felt
68 km (42 mi)
SE of epicenter
(pop: 236,900)
I: Not felt
(*) Shaking intensity according to the Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale (MMI) and estimated using seismic models.

User-reports for this quake (1)

We received 1 report for this quake.
User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
Niksic / Weak shaking (MMI III) / single vertical bump / very short

What is Intensity and the Mercalli Intensity Scale?

The amount of shaking that occurs on the surface due to an earthquake is called the intensity. It is commonly measured on the so-called Modified Mercalli Intensity Scale (MMI) ranging from 1 (not felt) to 10 (extreme shaking), and given in Roman numerals as I,II,...IX, X, and often displayed with color codes ranging from light blue to dark red.
Earthquake intensity depends mainly on the magnitude and depth of the quake as well as the distance from the epicenter: The further away, the less shaking intensity occurs.
Read more about the MMI scale!

Compare Quake Data

Data for the same earthquake as reported by different agencies

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 Depth Time GMT
Epicenter Agency
2.6 5 km
3.1 mi
08:16:41 Montenegro SSS (Seismological Survey of Serbia)
2.6 5 km
3.1 mi
08:16:41 Montenegro
0 km (0 mi) epicenter difference with SSS
EMSC (European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre)


Seismic station: Divcibare, Serbia (DIVS/MN network) | Distance from quake: 167 km / 104 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Divcibare, Serbia: 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. Bandpass filter applied: 0.5-10.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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Earthquake statistics

Average number of earthquakes

Based on data from the past 10 years and our earthquake archive back to 1900, there are about 1,500 quakes on average per year in the area near the epicenter of this quake (within 100 km/61 mi):
  • Mag. 6 or higher: 0.06 quakes per year (or 1 quake every 18.2 years)
  • Mag. 5 or higher: 0.28 quakes per year (or 1 quake every 3.6 years)
  • Mag. 4 or higher: 4.5 quakes per year
  • Mag. 3 or higher: 16.5 quakes per year
  • Mag. 2 or higher: 80 quakes per year
  • Mag. 1 or higher: 142 quakes per year (or 11.9 quakes per month)
The area where this quake occurred has a high level of seismic activity. It has had at least 3 quakes above magnitude 6 since 1970, which suggests that larger earthquakes of this size occur infrequently, probably on average approximately every 15 to 20 years.

Number of quakes per year

Previous quakes in the same area of this earthquake

Map of earlier quakes in the area of this quake

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