The Pagaczewski catalogue has been the official catalogue of historical earthquakes in Poland of the Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences. The catalogue has been published in 1972 (Publs.Inst.Geophys.Pol. Acad.Sci.51,3-36). The current official catalogue of historical earthquakes in Poland of the Institute of Geophysics, Polish Academy of Sciences is the catalogue by Guterch and Lewandowska-Marciniak, published in 2002, Folia Quaternaria 73, 85-99.
Pagaczewski historical earthquake catalogue

The catalogue spans the years 1000-1970 and lists the known natural earthquakes that happened in Polish territory (as of today's borders). The catalogue omits the numerous 20th-century mining-induced seismic events. Early entries should be treated with caution. The catalogue has been updated by the post-1970 entries. For details please refer to printed version of the catalogue.

This version of the catalogue has been supplemented by Pawel Wiejacz using information from Laska(1902, Mittheilungen der Erdbeben-Commission Kais.Konig Ak. der Wissenschaften, 8) so it evidences all known instances of earthquakes felt on the territory of Poland in the post- World-War-2 borders. The information from Laska is unconfirmed and shown in red. Comments by Pawel Wiejacz are shown in blue.

THIS VERSION OF THE CATALOGUE IS INOFFICIAL AND IT SHOULD NOT BE CITED AS REFERENCE !
It can be assumed as a form of private opinion of Pawel Wiejacz on the catalogue of historical earthquakes in Poland.


1000 ?
possibly echo of NW Balkans quake (Lublana, Slovenia), I0=8

1011 I0=4-5,Karkonosze Mts., Kowary

1016 ? Felt at Krakow

1196 ? felt also at Kiev, Ukraine (?)

1201/May 5
could be the quake from Styria, Austria, estimated M=5.4, on April 24 and difference of dates resulting from old-style/new-style calendars

1258/February 7 15 hrs, "Strong earthquake in Poland"

1259/January 31 I0=7, Felt at Krakow

1303 Northeastern Poland - former East Prussia (after Peter v.Dusburg)

1303/August 8, Krakow environs (?)

1328 Northeastern Poland - former East Prussia (after Peter v.Dusburg)

1433 I0=4-5, Lower Silesia, Wroclaw

1433/June 5 51.5N 17.1E I0=8-9 Mm=5.8 Wroclaw, Brzeg, felt at Krakow
This is most likely an error in date and the information pertains to the 1443 quake at Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia, in 1443, also on June 5.

1443/June 5, I0=10 Banska Stiavnica, Slovakia
Most likely this was the quake felt with I=8-9 at Wroclaw, Brzeg and Krakow, listed under the year 1433.

1483 ? Brzeg, Lower Silesia
(possibly the quake of 1443 first miscopied into 1433 and then miscopied into 1483)

1496/June 23, Nysa, Lower Silesia
(possibly echo of NW Balkans quake 43.5N, 16.1E I0=10 on January 23, 17 hrs; "Jan" might have been miscopied to "Jun".)

1572/January 9, 21 hrs, Torun
report unconfirmed in the Torun municipal archives

1594/September 15, Zlotoryja, Lower Silesia

1601, felt also in Sweden and Denmark (?)

1606 I0=5, Tuczno, Marcinkowice, Pomorze Lake District

1615/February 13, I0=4-5, Klodzko Valley

1690/December 4, felt in southern Poland
really a quake from Carinthia, Austria, I0=10

1695/August, felt at Krakow

1671/December 28, I0=4-5, Rzeszow

1715/May 1, Cieszyn (possibly 1716 ?)

1716 I0=5, High Tatra Mts

1717/March 11, Pieniny Mts

1751/June 31 (!), I0=5, Karkonosze Mts, Jelenia Gora,
(obviously error in date)

1774/January 26/27 I0=6, Raciborz (the night of)

1775/January 24 I0=4, Wroclaw

1778/May 10 felt at Podgorki, Kaczawa Mts, Lower Silesia

1785/August 22 07 hrs, 49.7N, 19.0E I0=6.5 Mm=5.1, near Cieszyn

1786/January 3 felt at Szczecin

1786/February 10 felt at Myslowice, Upper Silesia

1786/February 26 20 hrs I0=3-3.5, Foreland of Silesian Beskidy Mts.

1786/February 26 22 hrs I0=3-3.5, Foreland of Silesian Beskidy Mts.

1786/February 27 01 hrs 50.0N, 18.0E, I0=6-6.5 Mm=4.3, near Cieszyn

1786/February 27 04 hrs 49.7N, 18.5E, I0=7.5 Mm=5.7, near Cieszyn

1786/February 27 18 hrs I0=3-3.5 near Cieszyn (aftershock?)

1786/March 4 50.5N, 16.7E I0=3-3.5 near Dzierzoniow, Lower Silesia

1786/October 3 49.7N, 18.6E I0=3-3.5, near Cieszyn

1786/December 3 17 hrs, 49.7N, 20.0E, I0=7-7.5 Mm=5.7, Myslenice

1789/December 11, felt at Karkonosze Mts.

1790/March 13, felt at Wroclaw

1799/February, felt at Wroclaw

1799/September, Karkonosze Mts., Jelenia Gora (or October?)

1802/October 26, felt in Warsaw
really a big M=7.4 quake from Vrancea, Romania. Similar situation happened in 1977.

1803/January 8, 13-23 hrs, several shocks felt at Bialystok

1817/February 7, I0=4, Czerwony Klasztor, Pieniny Mts.

1823/September 9, Glubczyce environs, Silesia

1829/June 2/3, Karkonosze Mts, 3 shocks at night

1840/April 25 22 hrs I0=7, Pieniny Mts (Stara Spisska Ves?)

1840/April 30 23 hrs, Pieniny Mts (aftershock?)

1842/February 24, 14:07 felt at Krakow

1842/February 24, 20:27 felt at Krakow

1842/March 8 felt at Krakow

1858/January 15 08:30, felt at Bielsko-Biala; a second shock felt at 09:45 hrs.
really it was a quake at Zilina, Slovakia, I0=9.

1877/October 5 Izerskie Mts

1877/November 25 I0=5, Stronie Slaskie, Klodzko Valley

1895/June 11 09:27 50.7N, 17.0E I0=7, Mm=4.8, Niemcza-Dzierzoniow-Strzelin, Lower Silesia

1901/October 21 01:20 49.23N, 20.22E I0=6-7 Mm=4.5, near Szczawnica, Pieniny Mts.

1903/August 28 15:28 Czarny Dol, Karkonosze Mts.

1908/December 30 I0=3-4 Goldap, swarm

1909/February 11 I0=4-5 Kolobrzeg, Bialogard, Koszalin, Pomorze Lake District

1909/February 12 I0=4-5 Kolobrzeg, Bialogard, Koszlain, Pomorze Lake District

1909/May 6 I0=3-4 Krynica

1912/December 1 I0=3-4 Smoldzino-Leba, Pomorze Lake District

1932/February-March I0=4 Several shocks in environs of Plock, in Podlasie, in environs of Lublin and in Holy Cross Mts.

1935/March 23 08:12, Czarny Dunajec near Zakopane (foreshock)

1935/March 23 23:46, I0=5-6 Mm=4.0, Czarny Dunajec near Zakopane

1935/May 29 20:45, I0=3, Czarny Dunajec near Zakopane (aftershock>

1966/March 10 22:37:23, I0=4, Dzianisz near Zakopane

1966/March 14 12:59:41, I0=4, Dzianisz near Zakopane

1966/March 17 00:41:53, I0=4, Dzianisz near Zakopane

1966/March 17 00:53:55, 49.3N, 19.9E, I0=4, Dzianisz near Zakopane (greatest shock of sequence)

1966/March 17 12:59, I0=3, Dzianisz near Zakopane (aftershock)

1966/March 17 21:00, I0=3, Dzianisz near Zakopane (aftershock)

1966/March 19 00:04:43, I0=3, Dzianisz near Zakopane (aftershock)

1966/March 19 03:01:54, I0=3, Dzianisz near Zakopane (aftershock)

1966/March 28 05:01, I0=3, Dzianisz near Zakopane (aftershock)


Post-1970 (updated by Pawel Wiejacz):

Beginning of the 1970s marks the start of induced seismic activity at Lubin Copper Basin and Belchatow - and intensifying coal exploitation in the Upper Silesian Coal Basin, incl. caving at greater depth than before. This has resulted in a number of mining induced events, the largest of which in 1977 has reached M=4.7. Several largest mining induced events have been felt up to 200 km distance. Preventive techniques have helped to reduce the induced event size, however there still happen induced events of M>4.
The mining induced events are not given in this list.

The Podhale earthquake of Nov.30,2004 has prompted two subsequent upgrades of the nearest seismic station NIE. As effect of the second upgrade to broadband (on April 20, 2009) the station has started to record small seismic events from Podhale area. The average number of these events is a few per month, but this activity seems to take form of swarms. As none of these events has been felt - largest of them was Ml=2.5 (so far) - they are not given in this list.

1977/March 4 19:21 felt in numerous places throughout Poland
really a M=7.2 earthquake from Vrancea, Romania

1992/June 29 00:29:48 49.42N 21.10E I0=5 Mm=3.6 ML=3.1 Near Krynica.
Actually it was a sequence of six shocks starting before midnight June 28; a seventh shock took place on June 30. Four of these shocks were felt at Krynica, Tylicz, Wysowa and nearby villages. The data pertains to the strongest event but two of them were approximately the same size.

1993/March 01 07:42:39 49.45N 21.10E I0=7 Mm=4.4 Ml=3.6 Near Krynica.
Two aftershocks followed. The event was felt at Krynica, Tylicz and nearby villages. There are reports of slight damage (cracked walls) but it is not clear if directly due to the event.

1994/June 01 15:??-?? 53.83N 22.90E I0=6 Mm=4.3 Near Augustow.
The event was felt over a substantial area in and around the city of Augustow, but not recorded instrumentally because of lack of seismic stations in Northeastern Poland at the time.

1995/September 11 04:02:19 49.42N 19.85E I0=6 Mm=3.7 Ml=3.3 Podhale region.
Felt at Czarny Dunajec.

1995/October 13 05:47:16 49.40N 20.10E I0=4.5 Mm=2.9 Podhale region.

1995/October 13 06:02:33 49.41N 20.10E I0=4.5 Mm=2.9 Podhale region.

2004/September 21 11:05:02 54.92N 20.12E I0=7.0 Mm=4.5 Ml=5.0 Kaliningrad region.
(outside Poland but felt in Poland)

2004/September 21 13:32:31 54.88N 20.12E I0=7.5 Mm=4.9 Ml=5.3 Kaliningrad region.
(outside Poland but felt in Poland)

2004/November 30 17:18:35 49.45N 19.90E I0=7.0 Mm=4.5 Ml=4.6 Podhale;
293 aftershocks over next 9 months, including 11 events above Ml=2.5, 5 of them of M=3.0 or above.

2006/June 25 01:12:59 49.28N 20.12E Mm=3.0 Ml=3.2 Tatry;
near Lysa Polana - no reports of quake having been felt.

2007/May 06 07:32:29 52.05N 17.47E Ml=2.8, Wielkopolska region, Poland;
Unfelt; originally designated unknown origin; apparently the same area as the (later) event of 2012/January 6.

2007/September 24 - 27. Fifteen (15) small quakes in the vicinity of Grybow. Largest one on September 25, 21:32:15 49.56N 20.97E Mm=2.4. All but one quake seem to have origined at the same location. The exception is September 25, 16:27:28, 49.67N, 20.73E, Mm=2.3.
no felt reports

2008/December 16 05:20:01 55.51N 13.41E Ml=4.4 Southern Sweden.
(felt in Poland in vicinity of Kolobrzeg and Koszalin, I=3.)

2012/January 6 15:37:56 52.01N 17.53E Ml=3.8 near Jarocin, Wielkopolska region, Poland;
Felt I0=5 at Zerkow town; Felt I=3 at about 20 km distance.