Earthquake with magnitude of ML 1.3 on date 08-05-2020 and time 02:26:39 (Italy) in region Costa Siciliana nord orientale (Messina)

A magnitude ML 1.3 earthquake occured in region: Costa Siciliana nord orientale (Messina), on

  • 08-05-2020 00:26:39 (UTC)
  • 08-05-2020 02:26:39 (UTC +02:00) Italian time

and geographic coordinates (lat, lon) 38.16, 15.07 at 10 km depth.

The earthquake was located by: Sala Operativa INGV_OE (Catania).

Search earthquakes: Any within 30 km radius

The values of hypocentral coordinates and magnitude may be revised at a later time as more information becomes available.

Municipalities within 20 km from the epicenter

Distances are determinated based on the geographic coordintes of the (Istat).
Municipality Region Dist Inh Cum Inh
Oliveri ME 5 2181 2181
Falcone ME 5 2808 4989
Furnari ME 8 3784 8773
Terme Vigliatore ME 9 7395 16168
Patti ME 10 13431 29599
Mazzarrà Sant'Andrea ME 10 1531 31130
Rodì Milici ME 10 2056 33186
Basicò ME 11 612 33798
Montagnareale ME 11 1615 35413
Librizzi ME 12 1660 37073
Barcellona Pozzo di Gotto ME 13 41583 78656
Tripi ME 13 873 79529
Castroreale ME 14 2504 82033
Merì ME 15 2338 84371
Gioiosa Marea ME 16 7074 91445
San Piero Patti ME 16 2915 94360
Milazzo ME 16 31646 126006
Montalbano Elicona ME 16 2287 128293
Novara di Sicilia ME 17 1337 129630
San Filippo del Mela ME 18 7115 136745
Sant'Angelo di Brolo ME 18 3090 139835
Piraino ME 18 3962 143797
Raccuja ME 19 1041 144838
Santa Lucia del Mela ME 19 4650 149488

Municipalities with at least 50000 inhabitants

An earthquake occurred to
43 Km W of Messina (238439 inhabitants)
50 Km W of Reggio di Calabria (183035 inhabitants)
62 Km N of Acireale (52622 inhabitants)
74 Km N of Catania (314555 inhabitants)
Recent and historical Seismicity
Seismic hazard
Felt maps
The earthquake effects in MCS scale as obtained from the compiled questionnaire

The earthquake effects in MCS scale as obtained from the compiled questionnaire

This map shows the distribution of the effects of the earthquake on the territory in terms of the MCS (Mercalli-Cancani-Sieberg) intensity scale. The intensities are determined using the data provided in the questionnaire ( that are analysed using robust statistical techniques since they are not verified individually. Specifically, the assignment of MCS intensities greater or equal the VI degree of the MCS scale require opportune in situ verification by professional experts. The purple start shows the epicenter. This map is prepared every so often that the population fill in new questionnaires. The number of questionnaires used to determine the map and the date and time of the last adjournment are shown in the upper right part of the panel.
Locations history
Type Magnitude Date and Time (UTC) Latitude Longitude Depth (km) Published time (UTC) Author Location ID
ML 1.3 2020-05-08
38.17 15.07 10 2020-08-01
Sala Operativa INGV_OE (Catania) 78933941
ML 1.5 2020-05-08
38.19 15.06 8 2020-05-08
Sala Sismica INGV-Roma 78933831
Preferred location and magnitude until now.
Origin information


Field Value
Time (UTC) 2020-05-08 00:26:39
Latitude 38.17
Longitude 15.07
Depth (km) 10 (from location)
Evaluation mode of Origin manual
Evaluation status of Origin reviewed
Version 200 -> SURVEY-INGV-CT#SeismPicker_SO-OE
Event type earthquake
Origin ID 78933941


Field Value
Preferred uncertainty description horizontal uncertainty
Semi-major axis of confidence ellipse (meter)
Semi-minor axis of confidence ellipse (meter)
Azimuth of major axis of confidence ellipse. Measured clockwise from South-North direction at epicenter (gradi)
Circular confidence region, given by single value of horizontal uncertainty (meter) 300
Confidence level of the uncertainty (%) 68


Field Value
Largest azimuthal gap in station distribution as seen from epicenter (degree) 90
Number of associated phases, regardless of their use for origin computation 1
Number of defining phases 1
RMS of the travel time residuals of the arrivals used for the origin computation (sec) 0.22
Epicentral distance of station closest to the epicenter (degree)
Epicentral distance of station farthest from the epicenter (degree)
Number of stations at which the event was observed 0
Number of stations from which data was used for origin computation 0
Magnitudes information


Field Value
Value 1.3
Uncertainty 0.1
Num. used stations
Type of magnitude ML
Reference to an origin 78933941
Agency INGV
Autore Sala Operativa INGV_OE (Catania)
Time of creation (UTC) 2020-05-08 00:39:28


Field Value
Value 1.5
Uncertainty 0.1
Num. used stations 8
Type of magnitude ML
Reference to an origin 78933831
Agency INGV
Autore Sala Sismica INGV-Roma
Time of creation (UTC) 2020-05-08 00:32:25
TDMT - Time Domain Moment Tensor
Focal Mechanism in the area
Type Description Link
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