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Light earthquake: M4.4 quake has struck near Misasi in Tanzania



Earthquake location -3.0535S, 32.8929WA light earthquake magnitude 4.4 (ml/mb) strikes 21 kilometers (13 miles) from Misasi in Tanzania on Thursday. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 25/05/17 / 2017-05-25 09:55:35 / May 25, 2017 @ 9:55 am. The 4.4-magnitude earthquake was detected at 12:55:35 / 12:55 pm (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Event id: us10008v9j. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us10008v9j. Exact location, longitude 32.8929° East, latitude -3.0535° South, depth = 10 km. The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 10 km (6 miles) below the earth’s surface.

Country/countries that might be effected, Tanzania (c. 41 893 000 pop). Earthquake epicenter was 60 km (37 miles) from Mwanza (c. 436 800 pop), 90 km (56 miles) from Shinyanga (c. 107 400 pop), 83 km (52 miles) from Geita (c. 40 000 pop), 93 km (58 miles) from Kahama (c. 36 000 pop), 31 km (19 miles) from Misungwi (c. 35 500 pop), 56 km (35 miles) from Kasamwa (c. 27 700 pop). Closest city/cities/towns to epicentrum/hypocenter was Isaka, Kahama, Shinyanga (min 5000 pop).

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. Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. Each year there are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world.

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Did objects rattle, topple over, or fall off shelves? Leave a comment or report about activity, shaking and damage at your home, country and city. The information in this article comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, detected near: 21 km WSW of Misasi, Tanzania.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.4 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 32.8929° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -3.0535° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 10 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 21km WSW of Misasi, Tanzania Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2017-05-25 09:55:35 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2017-05-25 21:39:01 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 180 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt The total number of felt reports
CDI 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 298 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 3.25 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.84 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 113 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 us10008v9j Id of event.
Event Code 10008v9j An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us10008v9j, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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