Earthquake with magnitude of Md 4.0 on date 26-12-1985 and time 03:34:03 (Italy) in region Costa Catanese (Catania)

A magnitude Md 4.0 earthquake occured in region: Costa Catanese (Catania), on

  • 26-12-1985 02:34:03 (UTC)
  • 26-12-1985 03:34:03 (UTC +01:00) Italian time

and geographic coordinates (lat, lon) 37.6430, 15.2020 at 9 km depth.

The earthquake was located by: Bollettino Sismico Italiano INGV.

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
Acireale CT 5 52622 52622
Aci Catena CT 7 29851 82473
Santa Venerina CT 7 8592 91065
Aci Sant'Antonio CT 8 17984 109049
Aci Bonaccorsi CT 10 3524 112573
Valverde CT 10 7840 120413
Giarre CT 10 27659 148072
Viagrande CT 10 8563 156635
Riposto CT 10 14838 171473
Zafferana Etnea CT 10 9517 180990
Aci Castello CT 11 18723 199713
Trecastagni CT 11 10910 210623
Milo CT 12 1087 211710
San Gregorio di Catania CT 12 11966 223676
San Giovanni la Punta CT 12 23060 246736
Sant'Alfio CT 12 1582 248318
Pedara CT 13 14102 262420
Mascali CT 13 14282 276702
Tremestieri Etneo CT 14 20589 297291
Sant'Agata li Battiati CT 14 9479 306770
Mascalucia CT 15 31958 338728
Gravina di Catania CT 15 25838 364566
Nicolosi CT 16 7463 372029
Fiumefreddo di Sicilia CT 17 9623 381652
San Pietro Clarenza CT 17 7743 389395
Catania CT 18 314555 703950
Piedimonte Etneo CT 19 3963 707913
Camporotondo Etneo CT 19 5023 712936

Municipalities with at least 50000 inhabitants

An earthquake occurred to
5 Km NE of Acireale (52622 inhabitants)
18 Km NE of Catania (314555 inhabitants)
65 Km SW of Reggio di Calabria (183035 inhabitants)
65 Km N of Siracusa (122291 inhabitants)
69 Km SW of Messina (238439 inhabitants)
90 Km NE of Ragusa (73313 inhabitants)
95 Km NE of Modica (54633 inhabitants)
97 Km NE of Vittoria (63339 inhabitants)
Recent and historical seismicity

These maps show the seismic activity in different time intervals, before the seismic event to which they refer. Data reported in the first two maps come from the analysis carried out in real time by the personnel of the INGV Operating Rooms, immediately after each earthquake. The third map shows data from 1985 to the date of the earthquake: the locations are reviewed by the seismological analysts of the INGV Italian Seismic Bulletin (Bollettino Sismico Italiano dell’INGV). The localization parameters (hypocentral coordinates and magnitude) are the best possible estimate with the data available to the INGV, but are constantly updated according to further data that become available. The location and magnitude parameters, subsequently reviewed by seismological analysts, may vary.

Earthquakes of the 3 days preceding this event

Earthquakes of the 3 days preceding this event

This map shows the earthquake epicenters with magnitude ≥ 0.0, localized with data recorded by the National Seismic Network and other collaborative networks both in Italy and in neighboring countries, in the 72 hours preceding this event. The size of the circle indicates the different classes of magnitude. The colors indicate the different time intervals preceding the seismic event. The black and white star is the epicenter of the current earthquake.
Earthquakes of the 90 days preceding this event

Earthquakes of the 90 days preceding this event

This map shows the earthquake epicenters with magnitude ≥ 2.0, localized with data recorded by the National Seismic Network and other collaborative networks both in Italy and in neighboring countries, in the 90 days preceding this event. The size of the circle indicates the different classes of magnitude. The colors indicate the different time intervals preceding the seismic event. The black and white star is the epicenter of the current earthquake.
Earthquakes from 1985 to the date of the event

Earthquakes from 1985 to the date of the event

This map shows the earthquake epicenters with magnitude ≥ 3.0, localized with data recorded by the National Seismic Network and other collaborative networks both in Italy and in neighboring countries, from 1985 to the date of this event. The size of the circle indicates the different classes of magnitude. The colors indicate the different time intervals preceding the seismic event. The black and white star is the epicenter of the current earthquake.
Earthquakes since 1000 AD until 2019

Earthquakes since 1000 AD until 2019

This map shows the epicenters of the historical earthquakes catalogue CPT15 (Catalogo Parametrico dei Terremoti Italiani, 2015 version 3.0, https://doi.org/10.13127/cpti/cpti15.3) since 1000 AD until 2019. The size of the square indicates the different classes of magnitude. For earthquakes with magnitude ≥ 6.0, it is also shown the year of occurrence and the magnitude value. The black and white star is the epicenter of the current earthquake.
Seismic hazard

Seismic hazard maps provide probabilistic estimates of the earthquake ground shaking exceeding a given threshold in a given geographic region within a given time window. Thus, it is not a deterministic prediction - a target that may be never reached given the complexity of the earthquake physical phenomenon - nor of the maximum expected earthquake since this has extremely low probabilities to occur.

In 2004, it was published the seismic hazard map of Italy (http://zonesismiche.mi.ingv.it) that provides a picture of the most hazardous geographic regions. The seismic hazard map of Italy (GdL MPS, 2004; rif. Ordinanza PCM del 28 aprile 2006, n. 3519, All. 1b) provides the 10% probability of exceedance in 50 years of the horizontal acceleration at rock sites (i.e., Vs30>800 m/s; cat. A, 3.2.1 of the D.M. 14.09.2005).

The colours indicate the various values of the ground acceleration that have 10% to be exceeded within 50 years. In general, the colours associated to low values of acceleration refer to areas that are less hazardous and stronger earthquakes repeat less frequently although they may still occur.

Seismic hazard map

Seismic hazard map

This map shows the seismic hazard map of Italy for the region where the earthquake occurred.
Shakemap
Felt maps
Locations history
Type Magnitude Date and Time (UTC) Latitude Longitude Depth (km) Published time (UTC) Author Location ID
Bulletin
Rev1000
Md 4.0 1985-12-26
02:34:03
37.643 15.202 9 2013-07-15
08:40:51
Bollettino Sismico Italiano INGV 19029
Preferred location and magnitude until now.
Origin information

Origin

Field Value
Time (UTC) 1985-12-26 02:34:03 ± 0.988
Latitude 37.6430 ± 0.0142
Longitude 15.2020 ± 0.0195
Depth (km) 9 ± 7 (from location)
Evaluation mode of Origin manual
Evaluation status of Origin reviewed
Version 1000 -> BULLETIN-VAX
Event type earthquake
Origin ID 19029

Uncertainty

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) 2330.6
Confidence level of the uncertainty (%) 68

Quality

Field Value
Largest azimuthal gap in station distribution as seen from epicenter (degree) 117
Number of associated phases, regardless of their use for origin computation 31
Number of defining phases 31
RMS of the travel time residuals of the arrivals used for the origin computation (sec) 0.5
Epicentral distance of station closest to the epicenter (degree) 0.00518
Epicentral distance of station farthest from the epicenter (degree) 0.07925
Number of stations at which the event was observed 30
Number of stations from which data was used for origin computation 30
Magnitude information

Md:4.0

Field Value
Value 4.0
Uncertainty
Num. used stations 3
Type of magnitude Md
Reference to an origin 19029
Agency INGV
Autore Bollettino Sismico Italiano INGV
Time of creation (UTC) 2013-01-04 17:21:44
Picking and Arrival
SCNL Time Uncertainty Polarity Evaluation_mode Phase Azimuth Distance Takeoff_angle Residual Weight
--.CTI.Z. 1985-12-26T02:36:11.00 10.0 undecidable manual PN 344 0.0792 0.7 0.4
--.ARV.Z. 1985-12-26T02:35:34.00 10.0 undecidable manual PN 344 0.0549 0.88 0.4
--.SDA.Z. 1985-12-26T02:35:25.50 10.0 undecidable manual PN 35 0.0492 0.95 0.4
--.OHR.Z. 1985-12-26T02:35:25.40 10.0 undecidable manual PN 49 0.0499 -0.07 0.9
--.AQU.Z. 1985-12-26T02:35:17.00 10.0 undecidable manual PN 344 0.0441 0.25 0.9
--.VLO.Z. 1985-12-26T02:35:10.30 10.0 undecidable manual PN 48 0.0393 0.94 0.4
--.SRN.Z. 1985-12-26T02:35:09.70 10.0 undecidable manual PN 57 0.0392 0.49 0.8
--.VLS.Z. 1985-12-26T02:35:08.50 10.0 undecidable manual PN 81 0.0385 0.32 1
--.DUI.Z. 1985-12-26T02:35:05.00 10.0 undecidable manual PN 352 0.0364 -0.06 1.1
--.BAI.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:59.50 10.0 positive manual PN 20 0.0332 -0.64 1.6
--.BRT.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:59.00 10.0 undecidable manual PN 24 0.0321 0.69 0.7
--.PE1.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:58.00 10.0 positive manual PN 28 0.0324 -0.79 1.3
--.LCI.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:57.00 10.0 undecidable manual PN 39 0.0316 -0.63 0.8
--.TR9.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:56.80 10.0 positive manual PN 0 0.0306 0.71 1.4
--.SGO.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:48.00 10.0 undecidable manual PN 1 0.0262 -1.43 0.2
--.PT9.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:46.00 10.0 undecidable manual PN 253 0.0241 -0.29 1.2
--.ORI.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:45.50 10.0 undecidable manual PN 21 0.0233 0.5 1
--.CSI.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:41.10 10.0 undecidable manual PN 21 0.0207 0.08 1.3
--.ROI.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:39.70 10.0 undecidable manual PN 28 0.0198 0.06 1.3
--.ERC.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:38.00 10.0 undecidable manual PN 281 0.0189 -0.24 1.2
--.CV9.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:36.00 10.0 positive manual PN 272 0.0172 0.42 2.2
--.SE2.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:35.00 10.0 undecidable manual PN 40 0.0163 0.74 0.7
--.CZI.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:31.60 10.0 undecidable manual PN 24 0.0155 -1.62 0.1
--.RI2.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:27.00 10.0 undecidable manual PN 52 0.0114 0.12 1.3
--.FAI.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:26.00 10.0 negative manual PN 253 0.0114 -0.85 1.3
--.PZI.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:25.00 10.0 undecidable manual SG 199 0.0056 -0.24 0.5
--.DR2.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:23.60 10.0 positive manual PN 29 0.0104 -1.64 0.1
--.GIB.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:23.50 10.0 positive manual PG 291 0.0089 0.73 1.5
--.SA1.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:22.00 10.0 undecidable manual PG 342 0.0087 -0.27 1.2
--.PZI.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:16.00 10.0 positive manual PG 199 0.0056 0.07 2.6
--.RCI.Z. 1985-12-26T02:34:15.00 10.0 undecidable manual PG 37 0.0052 -0.14 1.3
TDMT - Time Domain Moment Tensor
Fault Plane solutions in the area
Fault Plane solutions

Fault Plane solutions

The map reports the fault plane solutions for earthquakes in the region from 1977 to the date of this event. Red moment tensors are determined using the Regional Centroid Moment Tensor technique (RCMT, http://www.bo.ingv.it/RCMT) applied for earthquakes with magnitude larger than 4.5 in the Euro-Mediterranenan area. Occasionally, when a station azimuthal coverage exists RCMTs can be obtained also for earthquakes with magnitude down to 4.0. The gray moment tensors are obtained with the Time Domain Moment Tensor method (TDMT, http://terremoti.ingv.it/tdmt). This technique is applied to earthquakes with magnitude ML greater than 3.2, when it is possible. The size of symbols scales with the calculated moment magnitude Mw.
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