M5.0 Northern Italy - Emilia-Romagna on January 27th 2012 at 14:53 UTC

Last update: 30 January 2012 at 16:13 UTC

An earthquake of magnitude 5.0 occurred in the North of Italy, Emilia-Romagna, 45 km south-west of Parma January 27th 2012 at 14:53 UTC (15:53 Italian time). It has been largely felt in northern Italy (until Torino, Bolzano, Trieste, Livorno, Perugia) and up to Switzerland (Bern, Zurich) and France (Nice). More information on this earthquake are available here. According to the International Seismological Centre (ISC) catalogue, this is the first M5+ earthquake of that depth in this region since 1960.

If you felt this earthquake, you are invited to answer our questionnaire. Your testimony will be useful to update the Intensity map here below.

This earthquake follows the M4.9 earthquake that occurred near the city of Parma on January 25th at 08:06 UTC. But unlike this latter which was superficial, the M5.0 Jan. 27th event occurred at a depth of 60 km.

Three days ago, the region of Verona (80 km north-east of Parma ) has been struck my a M4.3 earthquake on January 24th at 23:54 UTC


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Macroseismic Intensity maps

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M5.0 south-west of Parma on Jan. 27th at 14:53 UTC

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M4.9 near Parma on Jan. 25th at 08:06 UTC

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M4.3 near Verona on Jan. 24th at 23:54 UTC

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M5.0 Jan. 27th south-west of Parma: Send us pictures or videos

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Damage at Church of Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella
  Slight damage have been observed at the Church of Sant'Ambrogio di Valpolicella (15 km north-east of Verona) caused by the M4.3 earthquake near Verona (Jan 24th 23:54 UTC). Picture sent by an eye-witness.


M5.0 Jan 27th Emilia-Romagna earthquake

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Past Regional Seismicity as from the ISC catalogue (1964-2004) and EMSC Real Time catalogue (2005-today)
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