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Light earthquake, 4.3 mag has occurred near Soweto in South Africa

Earthquake location -26.288S, 27.8036WA light earthquake with magnitude 4.3 (ml/mb) was detected on Tuesday, 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Soweto in South Africa. The 4.3-magnitude earthquake was detected at 21:47:23 / 9:47 pm (local time epicenter). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). Event ids that are associated to the earthquake: us1000cef6. Id of event: us1000cef6. Global time and date of event 23/01/18 / 2018-01-23 19:47:23 / January 23, 2018 @ 7:47 pm UTC/GMT. Exact location of earthquake, longitude 27.8036 East, latitude -26.288 South, depth = 20.29 km. The earthquake occurred at a depth of 20.29 km (13 miles) below the earth’s surface.

Country/countries that might be effected, South Africa (c. 49 000 000 pop). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Mabopane, Vredefort, Delmas (min 5000 pop). The epicenter was 26 km (16 miles) from Johannesburg (c. 2 026 500 pop), 6 km (4 miles) from Soweto (c. 1 695 000 pop), 72 km (44 miles) from Pretoria (c. 1 619 400 pop), 53 km (33 miles) from Benoni (c. 605 300 pop), 53 km (33 miles) from Tembisa (c. 511 700 pop), 45 km (28 miles) from Vereeniging (c. 474 700 pop).

Earthquakes 4.0 to 5.0 are often felt, but only causes minor damage. Every year there are an estimated 13,000 light earthquakes in the world. 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 two earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area.

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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. This data comes from the USGS Earthquake Notification Service. Read more about the earthquake, Seismometer information, Distances, Parameters, Date-Time, Location and details about this quake, that has occurred near: 5 km WSW of Soweto, South Africa.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.3 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 27.8036° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -26.288° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 20.29 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 5km WSW of Soweto, South Africa Textual description of named geographic region near to the event. This may be a city name, or a Flinn-Engdahl Region name.
Time 2018-01-23 19:47:23 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2018-02-17 18:24:56 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 120 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 284 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 2.361 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.99 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 106 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 us1000cef6 Id of event.
Event Code 1000cef6 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us1000cef6, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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