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Earthquake in Southern Red Sea Region, Eritrea

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Thursday, 19 October 2023

Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - Southern Red Sea Region, 204 km southeast of asamara, Central, Eritrea, on Thursday, Oct 19, 2023 at 8:30 am (GMT +3) 

Updated: Oct 19, 2023 10:34 GMT - just now

Moderate mag. 4.5 earthquake - Southern Red Sea Region, 204 km southeast of asamara, Central, Eritrea, on Thursday, Oct 19, 2023 at 8:30 am (GMT +3)

Moderate magnitude 4.5 earthquake at 10 km depth

19 Oct 05:49 UTCFirst to report: GFZ after 18 minutes.
19 Oct 05:59: Now using data updates from USGS

Earthquake details

Date & timeOct 19, 2023 05:30:47 UTC - 5 hours ago
Local time at epicenterThursday, Oct 19, 2023 at 8:30 am (GMT +3)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude4.5
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude14.5904°N / 40.6631°E  (AraetaSouthern Red Sea RegionEritrea)
Antipode14.59°S / 139.337°W
Shaking intensityModerate shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearest volcanoDallol (55 km / 34 mi)
Nearby towns and cities133 km (83 mi) WNW of Edd (Southern Red Sea) (pop: 11,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
134 km (83 mi) ENE of Ādīgrat (Tigray, Ethiopia) (pop: 65,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
171 km (106 mi) SE of Massawa (Mitsiwa, Northern Red Sea) (pop: 23,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
177 km (110 mi) NE of Mek'ele (Tigray, Ethiopia) (pop: 215,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
204 km (127 mi) ESE of asamara (Maekel) (pop: 563,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
272 km (169 mi) ESE of karan (Anseba) (pop: 74,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
285 km (177 mi) NW of Assab (Southern Red Sea) (pop: 21,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeClear Sky  32.3°C (90 F), humidity: 48%, wind: 3 m/s (6 kts) from WNW
Estimated seismic energy released3.5 x 1011 joules (98.6 megawatt hours, equivalent to 84.8 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy




Estimated seismic energy released3.5 x 1011 joules (98.6 megawatt hours, equivalent to 84.8 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy



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