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5.1 Magnitude EQ – Northern Italy

At approximately 08:06:35 UTC on Wednesday, January 25th, an earthquake based on land struck at a shallow depth of 10.2 km (6.3 miles) in the Northern Italy region, 13 km (8 miles) NE of Parma, Italy, and 75 km (46 miles) SSW of Verona, Italy. Coords: 44.868°N, 10.470°E

United States Geological Survey – The event has been reviewed by a seismologist and confirmed, at present, to be a 5.1 magnitude earthquake at a depth of 10.2 km (6.3 miles). The European Mediterranean Seismology Agency has the earthquake’s parameters reviewed as a 4.9 magnitude earthquake at a depth of 33 km.


Northern Italy was hit by an earthquake early Wednesday sending scared people into the streets but causing no death, injury or severe damage.

The 4.9 magnitude trembler struck at around 9:10 am local time and was centred in Reggio Emilia, a city with a population of around 170,000 located some 400 kilometres north of Rome.

The quake was felt Italy’s business hub Milan where schools were temporarily evacuated.

Italy is a seismic area, though quakes in Italy’s north are relatively rare. A quake in April 2009 levelled swaths of the central Italian city of L’Aquila and surrounding towns, killing more than 300 people. In 1980 more than 2,700 people were killed by a quake with its epicenre 80 kilometres south of Naples. near Naples.



January 25, 2012 - Posted by | Seismic | , , , , ,


  1. Looks like another tremor in Northern Italy, though this time it is felt further north in Arona, Lago Maggiore
    can anyone confirm this…

    Comment by Joe Grella | January 27, 2012 | Reply

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