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The New Earthquake Valley : Darmstadt, Hessen, Germany

The actual seismograph from the Hessische Earthquake Service (HED) Darmstadt in Hessen, Germany (49.84337,8.66261) , called WBB.

Just because it seems to be trembling and rumbling here all the time now; a quick way to look up if that actually was something.

And a quick link to check and/or inform @hronline, @Echo_Online, @hr1, @hrPresse , @darmstadt or @Darmstadt_News_

A M3.6 earthquake near Darmstadt: It’s getting boring

And yet another earthquake near Darmstadt, Germany, a Magnitude 3.6 (average)

And how it looked like on the scales:

At least, that’s what a few of the reports say. What surprised me most were the differences in magnitudes being reported though.

Here’s what the different stations and websites report (corrections not included):

M3.4 Landesamt für Geologie und Bergbau Rheinland-Pfalz – Erdbebendienst Südwest
M3.4 Volcano Discovery
M3.4 LGRB Baden-Württemberg Erdbebendienst Südwest
M3.6 Earthquake Report
M3.6 Seismologische Zentralobservatorium (SZGRF)
M3.7 European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC)

Strangely enough nothing on USGS so I reported it there.

Quake Description:
While sitting at the table with 3 people; all of a sudden the windows started to tremble, the ones to the east at first, it seemed to come from that direction. The table vibrated together with the whole house. A noise was heard, the same as before: like a massive truck filled with sand drove on a cobblestone street underneath. Unlike the last one this was a big ‘wave’ at once; without much before or after. Other reports had said that it has been shaking for a minute, but that wasn’t the case here. Nothing fell over, trembling visible in glass with liquid and everyone reacted to it. Strangely enough it felt a lot stronger than the 3.2 last time, because the time to reach the ‘trembling peak’ was shorter.
Date/Time: 2014.10.29 / October 29th 2014, 18:24 local time (17:24CET)
Initially guessed Magnitude: 3.2
Distance to epicenter: about 7.5 km.
Damage: More cracks in the walls..

The local news reports can be found here

Meanwhile, on twitter: 2nd tweet on the twitter-timeline referring to #darmstadt and #erdbeben which later got trending.

Further reports:
29.Oktober: Zweitstärkstes Erdbeben des Jahres erschüttert Raum Darmstadt – Leichte Schäden in Nieder-Beerbach via @LukasRentz

OP Online: “Erdbeben in Südhessen erschreckt Bürger”
Darmstädter Tagblatt: “Erdbeben bei Eberstadt – “Hat ganz schön gewackelt”"
FAZ – Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung : “Wieder Erdbeben in Südhessen”
Echo Online: “Erdbeben mit Stärke von 3,7 erschüttert Südhessen”
hr-online: “Knall, Erschütterung, schwingender Boden” via @hronline
FFH Regional: “Erdbeben in Darmstadt” via @FFHRegional
Morgenweb : “Südhessen: Bürger wegen Erdbeben verunsichert” “Erde in Südhessen bebt wieder: Wände wackeln, Gläser klirren”

And here are some old posts about previous earthquakes near Darmstadt:

* Earthquake near Darmstadt, March 30th (M3.2),
* Earthquake near Darmstadt, May 17th (M4.1)
* Earthquake near Darmstadt, June 8th 2014 (M3.3)
* Earthquake near Darmstadt, September 19th 2014 (M2.6)
* Earthquake near Darmstadt, October 29th 2014 (M3.6)


More earthquakes around Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany to expect? Yes.

Earthquakes in Darmstadt, Hesse, Germany and all over the world

Earthquake scales (adjusted) in Germany, Europe

Felsenmeer in Flammen: A natural spectacle with music and lasershow

And another spectacular show was brought on air tonight, including fireworks and very good music.
This years’ theme was “A trip around the world” – with music with accents from several places; like Brazil, New York, China.

My favorite:

Felsenmeer in Flammen 2014: Crystallize – Lindsey Stirling (Dubstep Violin Original Song) @ YouTube
Not sure what country she represents though as she’s as American as New York. But I loved the great combination of Dubstep and the lasershow, one of the very best I’ve seen since we started visiting the Felsenmeer in Flames :)

And of course fireworks as well: