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Department of Geosciences

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Report Your Experience

You are invited to fill in the following questionnaire to record what you experienced. We encourage you to answer as many questions as possible in order to accurately estimate the intensity. It should not take more than a few minutes.


Section A: This section refers to your location during the earthquake
1. Date : :
2. Time (Local) : :
3. Town / Village
You may also enter your location using the map on the right ->
4. Address (where applicable)

5. At the time of the earthquake, where were you?
Outdoors    Inside a building    Stationary vehicle    Moving vehicle   
Other :   
Map location is optional
You can zoom into the map by clicking on the [+] or [-] and find your location by dragging the map. Finally, click on the location where you felt the earthquake.To remove the location click on the mark again.
latitude: longitude:
If you are not sure of the location where you felt the earthquake, it is recommended to clear the coordinates.

Section B: Building Description (if applicable)
6. Where were you inside the building?
Basement    Ground floor    Upper floor    if so, which floor?   
Other   
7. Function (house, school, church, office building, etc.)
8. Number of storeys
9. Approximate age of building
Less than 20 years   Between 20 and 100 years  
More than 100 years   Don't know
10. What is the building made of?
Masonry   Reinforced concrete   Don't know
Other  

Section C: Your Experience
11. How many times have you ever felt an earthquake in the past?
It is my first experience    A few times    Often   
12. What were you doing at the time of the
      earthquake?
Walking    Standing    Sitting    Kneeling    Lying down    Sleeping   
Other   
13. What best describes the shaking?
14. What best describes any sound heard?
15. How many people noticed the earthquake
      where you were?
16. Did the earthquake wake you up? No    Yes    I wasn't asleep   
17. Were other people where you were
      woken up?
No    Yes, a few    Yes, many    Yes, most/all    Don't know   
18. Was it difficult to stand or walk?
No    Yes    I wasn't standing   
19. How would you best describe your reaction?
20. Where you were, did anybody run
      outdoors in panic?
No    Yes, a few    Yes, many    Yes, most/all    Don't know   
21. Were animals nearby frightened?
No    Yes, pets    Yes, farm animals    No animals nearby/don't know   

Section D: Effects on Objects, Buildings, etc.
22. Did any of the following things happen?
Windows/doors rattled
No    Yes    Don't know   
Crockery, etc. rattled
No    Yes    Don't know   
Pendulum clocks stopped
No    Yes    Don't know   
Indoor plants shook or swayed
No    Yes    Don't know   
Trees/bushes shook or swayed
No    Yes    Don't know   
Liquids splashed or spilled
No    Yes    Don't know   
Hanging objects swung
No    Yes    Don't know   
Pictures moved askew
No    Yes    Don't know   
Small objects shifted or fell
No    Yes, a few    Yes, many    Yes, everything    Don't know   
Books or similar shifted or fell
No    Yes, a few    Yes, many    Yes, everything    Don't know   
Furniture shifted out of place
No    Yes, light furniture    Yes, heavy furniture    Don't know   
Furniture toppled over
No    Yes    Don't know   
23. Was there any damage to building(s) at your location (house, street)? No Yes
24. Did the following things occur at your location (house or street)?
Cracks in plaster None    Small    Large    Don't know   
Cracked windows None    Few    Many    Don't know   
Plaster fell from wall/ceiling None    Small amounts    Large amounts    Don't know   
Cracks in brick/stone walls None    Small    Large    Don't know   
Masonry fell from wall(s) No    Yes    Don't know   
Free-standing walls collapsed, partly or completely No    Yes    Don't know   
House walls collapsed, partly or completely No    Yes    Don't know   
25. Where there any effects on natural surroundings where you were, for example, landslips, cracks in ground, effects on ponds or streams, etc.? No   Yes   Don't know  
26. If yes, please describe:
(Write your comments in English or Maltese)

27. Have you any other comments about the effects of the earthquake that might be useful?
(Please, write your comments in English or Maltese)

28. Email
(May be used to ask you details/confirmation.)
Emails are not shared with anyone.


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