Pictures of the earthquake that struck Kraljevo, Serbia

The local Serbian press has published pictures who say more than many words can tell.
As a courtesy to the original publisher, we are showing hereunder thumbnails of these pictures with a direct link to B92 website.

When clicking on the thumbnail, the original picture in the B92 website will be shown.

 

Kraljevo earthquake, Serbia

Kraljevo earthquake, Serbia

Kraljevo earthquake, Serbia

Kraljevo earthquake, 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...

Kraljevo City Center - Image via Wikipedia

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
USGS Did You Feel It Map
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
LIVE SEISMOGRAM (nearest Seismograph station)

* GDACS (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System) provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world. GDACS is a Joint Initiative of the United Nations and the European Commission

QuakeSOS has been developed to help actively people who are caught in an earthquake + delivers "Earthquake Report" information on your iPhoneQuakeSOS is a FREE iPhone application developed by Armand Vervaeck, the creator and main contributor to Earthquake Report. The Application simplifies immediate group communication to friends and family members (with your exact GPS location) and is constantly feeding the users with “Earthquake Report” news. Together with your own family and friends, QuakeSOS will be your closest earthquake friend.

Very powerful but probably harmless seaquake near southern Irian Jaya, Indonesia

Coat of Arms (Lambang) of Provinsi Papua Barat...

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UPDATE 13:43 UTC
Aftershock of M 4.6 in the same area.
USGS has downgraded the Magnitude to 6.0 from 6.1

Earthquake Report comment :
Epicenter in the sea to the south of Irian Jaya. 128 km (80 miles) N (353°) from Dobo, Aru Islands, Indonesia
This very powerful earthquake doesn’t look dangerous to earthquake-report.com as the distance to the closest shoreline seems to be at least 70 km. The underwater slopes near the epicenter seems to be moderate, thus the chance on even a local avalanche generated tsunami seems very limited to none.
Maximum calculated shaking on nearest coastal villages : III Mercalli = Weak shaking

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : M 6.1 – downgraded afterwards to M 6.0
Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 08:18:17 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 29,1 km
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Geo-location(s) :
128 km (80 miles) N (353°) from Dobo, Aru Islands, Indonesia
267 km (166 miles) WSW (249°) from Enarotali, Irian Jaya, Indonesia

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS Shaking map
USGS historic earthquakes map
USGS Pager map
GDACS Green Earthquake Alert (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System)
LIVE SEISMOGRAM (nearest Seismograph station)

* GDACS (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System) provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world. GDACS is a Joint Initiative of the United Nations and the European Commission

QuakeSOS has been developed to help actively people who are caught in an earthquake + delivers "Earthquake Report" information on your iPhoneQuakeSOS is a FREE iPhone application developed by Armand Vervaeck, the creator and main contributor to Earthquake Report. The Application simplifies immediate group communication to friends and family members (with your exact GPS location) and is constantly feeding the users with “Earthquake Report” news. Together with your own family and friends, QuakeSOS will be your closest earthquake friend.

Moderate but dangerous earthquake near Chincha Alta, Central Peru

UPDATE 16:17 UTC :
5 hours after the quake occurred, no new reports have been published by the local Ica, Pisco press. Contrary to the USGS who puts the epicenter on the mainland and very close to the city of Chincha Alta , the Peruvian seismological service IGP puts the epicenter in the Pacific Ocean (about 30 km in the Ocean ) and near the city of Pisco.

Pisco - Chincha Alta earthquake Peru November 3 2010 - Courtesy igp.gob.pe

Update 13:41 UTC :
Peruvian newspapers have published the information of the earthquake (M 4.8 (IGP) vs M 5.0 (USGS), but have no other reports of damage or injuries so far. We will following up eventual new reports from various sources, but based on the newspaper reporting and the USGS “felt” reports, we have downgraded the danger probability to ORANGE (moderately dangerous).

Update 11:50 UTC :
No reports so far in the Peruvian media.
First USGS “felt” reports give a maximum of IV Mercalli – light shaking.

Boulevard en Chincha Alta

Earthquake Report comment :
Earthquake Report calls this earthquake very dangerous (RED)  for damage and possibly injuries as the epicenter is too close to the city of Chincha Alta. The red code is based on the preliminary location of the epicenter.
Chincha Alta has 153,076 inhabitants!
The earthquake was shallow at a depth of 35 km, which increases the risk on potential damage.
The earthquake happened in the early morning hours at 05:45 AM

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : M 5.0
Wednesday, November 03, 2010 at 05:45:22 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 34.8 km (21.6 miles)
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Geo-location(s) :
23 km (14 miles) SSE (147°) from Chincha Alta, Peru
51 km (32 miles) NNW (333°) from Ica, Peru

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS historic earthquakes map
LIVE SEISMOGRAM (nearest Seismograph station)

* GDACS (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System) provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world. GDACS is a Joint Initiative of the United Nations and the European Commission

QuakeSOS has been developed to help actively people who are caught in an earthquake + delivers "Earthquake Report" information on your iPhoneQuakeSOS is a FREE iPhone application developed by Armand Vervaeck, the creator and main contributor to Earthquake Report. The Application simplifies immediate group communication to friends and family members (with your exact GPS location) and is constantly feeding the users with “Earthquake Report” news. Together with your own family and friends, QuakeSOS will be your closest earthquake friend.

Eyewitness reports from the Kraljevo, Serbia earthquake

I-Witness

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Thanks to EMSC, the European Mediterranean Seismological Center,  we have the possibility to show our readers how people experienced the earthquake with their own report writings.
Eartquake-report.com is cooperating with EMSC for these testimonies and reports.
Since 1 week we are linking the ‘experience’ form to evry earthquake we are publishing. We encourage people to fill them. The result of such report can be seen below.
The location of these witness reports has been determined in part by the IP number of the reporting person.

Witness location : Kraljevo (Serbia) (2 km W from epicenter)
It was very frightening experience. Some parts of the city have been damaged severely, others less seriously.
After this major earthquake, we felt more than dozen smaller ones, some strong enough to shake down bricks that were hanging from damaged buildings.

Witness location : Kragujevac (Serbia) (36 km NE from epicenter)
Very strong earthquake. That was the strongest earthquake i felt for life.

Witness location : Kragujevac (Serbia) (36 km NE from epicenter)
It lasted unusually long.
People are saying they first heard a sound, like a storm is coming, and then came the shaking, weak at first, and then strong with roaring and woodwork crunching. I was asleep, and woke up at strong shaking. Heard roaring and woodwork stretching.

Witness location : Жабаре (Serbia) (50 km SE from epicenter)
First i heard noice and it was like its comeing from outside the house,then glass things started making noice. And doors on my shelf opened.
it was maybe for 3-4 seconds.And yea my parot started making noice few seconds before it happened
Witness location : (Serbia) (53 km E from epicenter)
Pretty strange considering i barely felt the shaking(actually i don’t think i felt it at all),but there were loud noises and rumbling but intensity of the rumbling was low(e.g. as if someone was running compared to storm like sounds which occur during ‘normal’ earthquake).

Witness location : Belgrade (Serbia) (119 km NW from epicenter)
i am about 100km from epicenter and i felt very strong!
i reed now online comments and watch tv, and we have first victims!
2 deads for now, around 50 ppl injured and many more to come.

Witness location : Belgrade (Serbia) (119 km NW from epicenter)
Swaying in the east-west direction seemed stronger than north-south. There was no up and down movement, seemed like more circular swaying. The earthquake itself seemed stronger than the reported 5.4. Everybody felt two in Belgrade, one less strong, pause for about 2 seconds, then the main one hit; most people seemed to wake up when the first one hit.

Witness location : Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina) (188 km W from epicenter)
Short (3sec), but a powerful earthquake was felt in Sarajevo BIH. First we heard the noise and strong pressure from the windows, and the bed rocked, and I literally fell out of it. Otherwise, I live on the 17th floor of a skyscraper.

Witness location : Sofia (Bulgaria) (243 km SE from epicenter)
I was working a night shift on the second floor in a business building. All people were very scared when it hit us.
It was very steady wave-like experience, usually it is shorter but this time it was at least 20-30seconds. Almost like it was not going to end!
Everybody was starting to panic, but it faded out and it turned to nervous laughter.

EMSC page with the witness reports

Additional information on earthquake hit Kraljevo, Serbia

Center of Kraljevo

Kraljevo - Image via Wikipedia

Kraljevo is a city and municipality in central Serbia, built beside the river Ibar, 7 km west of its confluence with the Zapadna Morava; and in the midst of an upland valley, between the Kotlenik Mountains, in the north, and the Stolovi Mountains, in the south.

In 2002 the city (including its suburb area) had population of 65,142 (municipality: 121,707). It is the administrative center of the Raška District of Serbia. The city proper consists of 16 settlements. In 1991, Kraljevo-proper had 80,559 inhabitants. 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.

History
By far its most interesting feature is the Coronation church belonging to Žiča monastery. Here seven kings are said to have been crowned (seven crowns on coat of arms represents seven kings). The church is Byzantine in style, and has been partially restored; but the main tower dates from the year 1210, when it was founded by Saint Sava, the patron saint of Serbia.

The famous monastery of Studenica, 39 km south by west of Kraljevo, stands high up among the south-western mountains, overlooking the Studenica, a tributary of the Ibar. It consists of a group of old-fashioned timber and plaster buildings, a tall belfry, and a diminutive church of white marble, founded in 1190 by King Stefan Nemanja, who himself turned monk and was canonized as Saint Simeon. The carvings round the north, south and west doors have been partially defaced by the Turks. The inner walls are decorated with Byzantine frescoes, among which only a painting of the Last Supper, and the portraits of five saints, remain un-restored. The dome and narthex are modern additions. Besides the silver shrine of Saint Simeon, many gold and silver ornaments, church vessels and old manuscripts, there are a set of vestments and a reliquary, believed by the monks to have been the property of Saint Sava who founded first hospital in Studenica in 13th century.

Famous people with links to Kraljevo
NBA player Vlade Divac started his career in Kraljevo, while playing for “Sloga” basketball club (his wife is from Kraljevo). He now donates to the club. Another NBA player, Nenad Krstić was born in Kraljevo, and played for “Mašinac” basketball club from Kraljevo. Kraljevo is the birthplace of international footballer Aleksandar Luković.

Article based on the content of Wikipedia (a great source of information)

Powerful earthquake under New Britain (Papua New Guinea)

Rabaul harbor.

Rabaul harbour with Rabaul volcano in the back - Image via Wikipedia

Earthquake Report comment :
Powerful earthquake under Papua New Guinea New Britain. The epicenter is on the south-eastern side of the island near the mountain villages of Piavi, Bagatavi, Kwai, Senel and Tal. There are no roads in the area.
Based on our experiences PNG rescue services are not alerted for earthquakes under M 6. As these villages can only be reached by trails, and as it is almost for 100 % sure that no telecommunication is present in the area, this will be one of the many “forgotten” earthquakes of PNG, damage or no damage. Let us hope that we are wrong.
With a probable V to VI Mercalli shaking in a mountainous area and rain forest, the chance on devastating landslides is never far away.

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : 5.8
Tuesday, November 02, 2010 at 04:39:55 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 41 km
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Geo-location(s) :
150 km (90 miles) SSW of Rabaul, New Britain, PNG
155 km (95 miles) E of Kimbe, New Britain, PNG

Links to important maps
USGS Did You Feel It Map
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS Shaking map
USGS historic earthquakes map
USGS Pager map
LIVE SEISMOGRAM (nearest Seismograph station)
GDACS Green Tsunami alert

* GDACS (Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System) provides near real-time alerts about natural disasters around the world. GDACS is a Joint Initiative of the United Nations and the European Commission

QuakeSOS has been developed to help actively people who are caught in an earthquake + delivers "Earthquake Report" information on your iPhoneQuakeSOS is a FREE iPhone application developed by Armand Vervaeck, the creator and main contributor to Earthquake Report. The Application simplifies immediate group communication to friends and family members (with your exact GPS location) and is constantly feeding the users with “Earthquake Report” news. Together with your own family and friends, QuakeSOS will be your closest earthquake friend.

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