A light earthquake with magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) was detected on Monday, 13 kilometers (8 miles) from Orkney in South Africa. Unique identifier: us100073be. Ids that are associated to the event: us100073be. The 4.5-magnitude earthquake was detected at 07:59:20 / 7:59 am (local time epicenter). The earthquake occurred at a depth of 5 km (3 miles). Date and time of earthquake in UTC/GMT: 31/10/16 / 2016-10-31 05:59:20 / October 31, 2016 @ 5:59 am. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Exact location, longitude 26.804° East, latitude -26.9581° South, depth = 5 km.
Earthquake epicenter was 89 km (55 miles) from Carletonville (c. 182 300 pop), 18 km (11 miles) from Klerksdorp (c. 178 900 pop), 13 km (8 miles) from Orkney (c. 145 800 pop), 40 km (25 miles) from Potchefstroom (c. 123 700 pop), 88 km (55 miles) from Kroonstad (c. 104 000 pop), 13 km (8 miles) from Stilfontein (c. 93 100 pop), 51 km (32 miles) from Bothaville (c. 71 900 pop). Country/countries that might be effected, South Africa (c. 49 000 000 pop). Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was Allanridge, Carletonville, Kroonstad.
Each 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 three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area.
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