A light earthquake with magnitude 4.5 (ml/mb) was reported 7 kilometers (4 miles) from Soweto in South Africa on Tuesday. Exact location of event, depth 5 km, 27.8224° East, -26.3306° South. Id of earthquake: us2000d9pt. Event ids that are associated: us2000d9pt. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The epicenter of the earthquake was roughly 5 km (3 miles) below the earth’s surface. The temblor was reported at 19:23:01 / 7:23 pm (local time epicenter). Global time and date of event 20/02/18 / 2018-02-20 17:23:01 / February 20, 2018 @ 5:23 pm UTC/GMT.
Event epicenter was 26 km (16 miles) from Johannesburg (c. 2 026 500 pop), 8 km (5 miles) from Soweto (c. 1 695 000 pop), 75 km (46 miles) from Pretoria (c. 1 619 400 pop), 52 km (32 miles) from Benoni (c. 605 300 pop), 55 km (34 miles) from Tembisa (c. 511 700 pop), 39 km (25 miles) from Vereeniging (c. 474 700 pop), 46 km (28 miles) from Boksburg (c. 445 200 pop). Closest city/cities or villages, with min 5000 pop, to hypocenter/epicentrum was Rustenburg, Delmas, Vredefort. Close country/countries, South Africa (c. 49 000 000 pop) (That might be effected).
Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. There are an estimated 13,000 light quakes in the world each year. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days two, in the past 30 days three and in the last 365 days three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby.
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What was your situation during the earthquake? Leave a comment or report about damage, shaking and activity at your home, city and country. This information comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Date-Time, Location, Distances, Parameters and details about this quake, recorded: 7 km SSW of Soweto, South Africa.
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