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Light earthquake: M4.6 quake has struck near Chirundu in Zimbabwe



Earthquake location -16.0456S, 28.5553WA light earthquake magnitude 4.6 (ml/mb) strikes 31 kilometers (19 miles) from Chirundu in Zimbabwe on Saturday. The epicenter was at a depth of 10 km (6 miles). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location of earthquake, 28.5553° East, -16.0456° South, depth 10 km. The 4.6-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 05:05:26 / 5:05 am (local time epicenter). Exact time and date of event in UTC/GMT: 09/01/16 / 2016-01-09 03:05:26 / January 9, 2016 @ 3:05 am. Id of earthquake: us10004d22. Event ids that are associated: us10004d22.

The epicenter was 77 km (48 miles) from Lusaka (c. 1 267 400 pop), 89 km (55 miles) from Mazabuka (c. 64 000 pop), 50 km (31 miles) from Kafue (c. 47 600 pop), 59 km (36 miles) from Kariba (c. 25 500 pop), 57 km (36 miles) from Siavonga (c. 18 600 pop), 86 km (54 miles) from Nakambala (c. 10 400 pop), 81 km (50 miles) from Chongwe (c. 6 100 pop). Nearby country/countries that might be effected, Zambia (c. 13 460 000 pop), Zimbabwe (c. 11 652 000 pop). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Mazabuka, Nakambala, Chongwe (min 5000 pop).

Every year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days one and in the last 365 days one earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that has occurred nearby.

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How did you respond? Did any furniture slide, topple over, or become displaced? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, city and country. Read more about the earthquake, Location, Distances, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Parameters and details about this quake, reported near: 31 km W of Chirundu, Zimbabwe. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.6 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 28.5553° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -16.0456° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 10 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 31km W of Chirundu, Zimbabwe Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2016-01-09 03:05:26 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2016-01-09 03:30:33 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 120 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 1 The total number of felt reports
CDI 3.1 The maximum reported intensity for the event.
MMI The maximum estimated instrumental intensity for the event.
Alert Level The alert level from the PAGER earthquake impact scale. Green, Yellow, Orange or Red.
Review Status reviewed Indicates whether the event has been reviewed by a human.
Tsunami 0 This flag is set to "1" for large events in oceanic regions and "0" otherwise. The existence or value of this flag does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist.
SIG 326 A number describing how significant the event is. Larger numbers indicate a more significant event.
Network us The ID of a data contributor. Identifies the network considered to be the preferred source of information for this event.
Sources ,us, A comma-separated list of network contributors.
Number of Stations Used The total number of Number of seismic stations which reported P- and S-arrival times for this earthquake.
Horizontal Distance 9.344 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.88 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 66 The largest azimuthal gap between azimuthally adjacent stations (in degrees).
Magnitude Type mb The method or algorithm used to calculate the preferred magnitude for the event.
Event Type earthquake Type of seismic event.
Event ID us10004d22 Id of event.
Event Code 10004d22 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us10004d22, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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