Earthquake with magnitude of ML 1.4 on date 21-10-2019 and time 01:09:09 (Italy) in region Costa Siciliana nord orientale (Messina)

A magnitude ML 1.4 earthquake occured in region: Costa Siciliana nord orientale (Messina), on

  • 20-10-2019 23:09:09 (UTC)
  • 21-10-2019 01:09:09 (UTC +02:00) Italian time

and geographic coordinates (lat, lon) 38.33, 15.18 at 118 km depth.

The earthquake was located by: Sala Sismica INGV-Roma.

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
Milazzo ME 13 31646 31646
Merì ME 19 2338 33984
San Filippo del Mela ME 20 7115 41099

Municipalities with at least 50000 inhabitants

An earthquake occurred to
36 Km W of Messina (238439 inhabitants)
48 Km NW of Reggio di Calabria (183035 inhabitants)
80 Km N of Acireale (52622 inhabitants)
92 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
Rev 100 ML 1.4 2019-10-20
38.33 15.18 118 2019-10-20
Sala Sismica INGV-Roma 73363561
Preferred location and magnitude until now.
Origin information


Field Value
Time (UTC) 2019-10-20 23:09:09 ± 0.38
Latitude 38.33 ± 0.07
Longitude 15.18 ± 0.05
Depth (km) 118 ± 4 (from location)
Evaluation mode of Origin manual
Evaluation status of Origin reviewed
Version 100 -> SURVEY-INGV
Event type earthquake
Origin ID 73363561


Field Value
Preferred uncertainty description uncertainty ellipse
Semi-major axis of confidence ellipse (meter) 8997
Semi-minor axis of confidence ellipse (meter) 1160
Azimuth of major axis of confidence ellipse. Measured clockwise from South-North direction at epicenter (gradi) 156
Circular confidence region, given by single value of horizontal uncertainty (meter) 9000
Confidence level of the uncertainty (%) 68


Field Value
Largest azimuthal gap in station distribution as seen from epicenter (degree) 257
Number of associated phases, regardless of their use for origin computation 10
Number of defining phases 9
RMS of the travel time residuals of the arrivals used for the origin computation (sec) 0.25
Epicentral distance of station closest to the epicenter (degree) 0
Epicentral distance of station farthest from the epicenter (degree) 0.99555
Number of stations at which the event was observed 7
Number of stations from which data was used for origin computation 6
Magnitude information


Field Value
Value 1.4
Uncertainty 0.1
Num. used stations 6
Type of magnitude ML
Reference to an origin 73363561
Agency INGV
Autore Sala Sismica INGV-Roma
Time of creation (UTC) 2019-10-20 23:22:39
Picking and Arrival
SCNL Time Uncertainty Polarity Evaluation_mode Phase Azimuth Distance Takeoff_angle Residual Weight
IV.PLAC.HHZ. 2019-10-20T23:09:47.79 0.3 undecidable manual S 83 0.9955 133 0.25 65
MN.CEL.HHZ. 2019-10-20T23:09:40.71 0.3 undecidable manual S 97 0.5675 149 -0.37 69
IV.MTTG.HHZ. 2019-10-20T23:09:40.76 0.3 undecidable manual S 128 0.5252 151 0.17 72
IV.GALF.HHZ. 2019-10-20T23:09:39.11 3.0 negative manual Pg 0.17 0
IV.PLAC.HHZ. 2019-10-20T23:09:31.51 0.1 undecidable manual P 83 0.9955 133 0.19 87
IV.SOI.EHZ. 2019-10-20T23:09:28.56 0.1 undecidable manual P 110 0.7356 142 -0.33 90
MN.CEL.HHZ. 2019-10-20T23:09:27.34 0.6 negative manual P 97 0.5675 149 -0.24 47
IV.GMB.BHZ. 2019-10-20T23:09:27.44 0.1 undecidable manual P 107 0.5369 151 0.06 99
IV.MTTG.HHZ. 2019-10-20T23:09:27.27 0.1 undecidable manual P 128 0.5252 151 -0.03 100
IV.ECTS.EHZ. 2019-10-20T23:09:26.99 0.1 undecidable manual P 186 0.4506 155 0.16 98
Station Magnitude and Amplitude
SCNL mag Generic_amplitude Period Type Category Unit Time_window_reference
IV.MTTG.HHE. ML:1.4 1.439076E-5 0.9856 AML other m 2019-10-20T23:09:41.23
IV.MTTG.HHN. ML:1.4 1.62719125E-5 0.8704 AML other m 2019-10-20T23:09:40.20
MN.CEL.HHE. ML:1.4 1.6482975E-5 0.2432 AML other m 2019-10-20T23:09:43.30
MN.CEL.HHN. ML:1.5 1.92524E-5 0.4608 AML other m 2019-10-20T23:09:42.68
IV.PLAC.HHE. ML:1.4 9.381118E-6 2.5728 AML other m 2019-10-20T23:09:48.42
IV.PLAC.HHN. ML:1.4 1.0063711E-5 0.8064 AML other m 2019-10-20T23:09:46.84
TDMT - Time Domain Moment Tensor
Focal Mechanism in the area
Type Description Link
QuakeML - small Event, Origin, FocalMechanism Download
QuakeML - full Event, Origin, FocalMechanism, Amplitude, Arrival, Pick, Station Magnitude Download