Magnitude: 6.9M
Time: 02-05-1783
Country: ITALY

ITALY:TYRRHENIANCALABRIA

This earthquake was recorded at a focal depth of 13km below the ground in Italy on 02-05-1783, where it released a sizeable amount of seismic energy and reached a magnitude of 6.9 on the richter scale. Considering this quake occurred 13km under the surface, it is best classified as a deep geologic event. Earthquake intensity was also measured using the Mercalli intensity scale which quantifies the severity of shaking felt by the quake. On a scale of 1 (barely sensed) to 12 (completely devastating), this quake had an intensity of 11. An earthquake of this magnitude would likely be causing considerable damage to specially designed structures; well-designed frame structures thrown out of plumb. Damage would be great in substantial buildings, with partial collapse. Expect that buildings would be shifted off foundations. Quakes can often be deadly, and this event occurred in a populated area claiming 30000 souls and destroying structures.
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Surface Geology

Underlying geological composition for the surrounding area.

Dinaride-Aegean Region - porphyry copper
Paleocene to Miocene calc-alkaline volcanic and intrusive rocks that formed in a post-subduction environment; includes the Serbomacedonian-Rhodope metallogenic belt.
Southern and Central European Variscan - porphyry copper
Discrete areas of intrusive and volcanic rocks of Variscan age, where some evidence of porphyry-style hydrothermal activity is preserved.

Related USGS Publications

70035587 - 2011 - Epistemic uncertainty in the location and magnitude of earthquakes in Italy from Macroseismic data



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Earthquake Measurement
earthquake scale

Earthquake Stats
region_code 130
focal_depth 13
total_deaths 30000
intensity 11
total_deaths_description 4
year 1783
eq_mag_ms 6.9
id 1455
location_name ITALY:TYRRHENIANCALABRIA
total_damage_description 4
damage_description 4
deaths 30000
eq_primary 6.9
total_houses_destroyed_description 4
time 02-05-1783
latitude 38.300
houses_destroyed_description 4
longitude 15.967
country ITALY
deaths_description 4

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