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Quake info: Strong mag. 5.6 earthquake - Northern Red Sea Region, 65 km east of asamara, Central, Eritrea, on Tuesday, Aug 1, 2023 at 8:15 pm (GMT +3)

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Tuesday, 01 August 2023

Strong mag. 5.6 earthquake - Northern Red Sea Region, 65 km east of aAsmaramara, Central, Eritrea, on Tuesday, Aug 1, 2023 at 8:15 pm (GMT +3) - 1 hour 20 minutes ago

Updated: Aug 1, 2023 18:23 GMT - 12 minutes ago refresh
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Strong mag. 5.6 earthquake - Northern Red Sea Region, 65 km east of asamara, Central, Eritrea, on Tuesday, Aug 1, 2023 at 8:15 pm (GMT +3)

Strong magnitude 5.6 earthquake at 10 km depth

1 Aug 17:20 UTCFirst to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 5 minutes.
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Update Tue, 1 Aug 2023, 17:24

Significant magnitude 5.4 quake hits 61 km southeast of Asmara, Eritrea in the evening

5.4 quake Eritrea: Ethiopia Aug 1, 2023 8:15 pm (GMT +3)
5.4 quake Eritrea: Ethiopia Aug 1, 2023 8:15 pm (GMT +3)
A magnitude 5.4 earthquake near Asmara, Central, Eritrea, was reported only 9 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, August 1st, 2023, at 8:15 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.
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 Adi Keyh (pop. 13,100) located 34 km from the epicenter, Dek'emhāre (pop. 11,000) 45 km away, and Asmara (pop. 563,900) 61 km away, the quake should have been felt as light shaking.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Ādīgrat (pop. 65,000) located 96 km from the epicenter, and karan (pop. 74,800) 129 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 & timeAug 1, 2023 17:15:25 UTC - 1 hour 20 minutes ago
Local time at epicenterTuesday, Aug 1, 2023 at 8:15 pm (GMT +3)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude5.6
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude15.2228°N / 39.5217°E  (Foro SubregionNorthern Red Sea RegionEritrea)
Antipode15.223°S / 140.478°W
Shaking intensityStrong shaking
Felt4 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoJalua (38 km / 24 mi)
Nearby towns and cities43 km (27 mi) S of Massawa (Mitsiwa, Northern Red Sea) (pop: 23,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
45 km (28 mi) NNE of Adi Keyh (Debub) (pop: 13,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
54 km (33 mi) ENE of Dek’emhāre (Debub) (pop: 11,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
65 km (40 mi) E of Asmara (Maekel) (pop: 563,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
85 km (53 mi) ENE of Mendefera (Debub) (pop: 17,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
105 km (65 mi) N of Ādīgrat (Tigray, Ethiopia) (pop: 65,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
130 km (81 mi) ESE of karan (Anseba) (pop: 74,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
192 km (119 mi) N of Mek'ele (Tigray, Ethiopia) (pop: 215,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeBroken Clouds  34.2°C (94 F), humidity: 43%, wind: 1 m/s (2 kts) from NE
Estimated seismic energy released1.6 x 1013 joules (4.4 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 3788 tons of TNT or 0.2 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
Quake info: Strong mag. 5.6 earthquake - Northern Red Sea Region, 65 km east of asamara, Central, Eritrea, on Tuesday, Aug 1, 2023 at 8:15 pm (GMT +3) - 4 user experience reports




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