Deadly earthquake in Serbia

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UPDATE November 4, 21:30 UTC
revised to M 3.9 (EMSC)

UPDATE November 4, 21:30 UTC
Aftershock in Kraljevo
M 4.3      2010/11/04 21:09    Depth 2.0 km     KRALJEVO, SERBIA
local time 22:09 2010-11-04
Moderate aftershock with epicenter to the north west of Kraljevo. Already damaged houses can be damaged even more with such an aftershock, the strongest since the main-shock
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UPDATE 16:32 UTC
Excerpt of an in-depth article in the Serbian news site B92
According to Tanjug’s correspondent, the damage caused by the earthquake is visible in the streets of Kraljevo – rubble, broken glass, cracked facades. The hospital building in Kraljevo was also damaged by the earthquake, but no patients were injured. The operating block and polyclinic sustained the most damage.
The town’s administration  declared a state of emergency, with about a quarter of the urban area still without electricity.
Landline telephony that was briefly out of service has also been restored.
Authorities also announced that tap water was not safe to drink.
The government will set aside some EUR 55,000 in short-term help for the town.
Click here for the much larger in-depth article in B 92

UPDATE 14:12 UTC
2 persons killied, 100 injured
Two persons were killed and dozens were injured in an earthquake of 5.4 degrees Richter, which struck Kraljevo, a town in central Serbia, and places in its vicinity, at 1.56 a.m.
The epicentre was 10km north of Kraljevo, in the village of Vitanovac.
Serbian Interior Minister Ivica Dacic paid a visit to Kraljevo and confirmed that a married couple, Tanja and Sinisa Stosic, from Grdice in Kraljevo, were killed when a concrete plate fell on their house.
Some 100 injured citizens have been admitted to the Emergency Unit.
Many buildings have been damaged, including the hospital, but no patients were injured. The material damage is extensive.
The places that have been hit most by the earthquake have been visited by the units of Gendarmerie and the Emergency Sector of the Serbian Interior Ministry.
Source : Radio Srbija

Earthquake Report comment :
What appears as a moderate earthquake has made a lot of misery in Serbia’s Kraljevo, at least 2 people were reported killed, 15 injured and a lot of buildings has been damaged.

We know out of experience and based on the kind of fault lines (mostly transform fault lines) that earthquakes of + M5 can create damage and injuries near cities.
Additionally the hypocenter (focal depth) was very shallow at 10 km.
Kraljevo is an intermediate city in size, but with 65,142 inhabitants (2002 census, the greater city has today about 100,000 inhabitants)  it can be very vulnerable for earthquakes.
Water, electricity and other amenities are currently down.
The earthquake was (of course) felt all over Serbia.
Numerous (small) aftershocks have been experienced since the main shock.
Because of the enormous number of refugees from Kosovo (around 18,500), the urban population of Kraljevo today is estimated to be close to 100,000.

The town of Kraljevo, Serbia/La ville de Kralj...

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Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : M 5.3 (EMSC 5.4)
Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 01:56:56 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km
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Geo-location(s) :
2 km west from Kraljevo.
40 km (25 miles) SW of Kragujevac, Serbia
110 km (70 miles) WNW of Nis, Serbia
125 km (75 miles) S of BELGRADE, Serbia

Links to important maps
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EMSC Did You Feel it Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS historic earthquakes map
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2 Responses

  1. Glad that there is not too many dead and injured. However, Christchurch in New Zealand, has had well over 2000 aftershocks, some pretty strong, since their 7.1 earthquake a couple of months ago.

  2. Peter, You are right, Christchurch was very fortunate – a combination of better construction of houses and also totally other circumstances of faulting. New Zealand is mainly a subduction zone which means that the earth’s crest is behaving like a spring jumping up.
    The Serbia earthquake is more a gliding plates earthquake and has been proved to be very devastating in that area of the world. Transform earthquakes like in Serbia, Italy, Turkey and Iran are really people killers

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