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Light earthquake, 4.6 mag strikes near eMbalenhle in South Africa

Earthquake location -26.5011S, 29.0126WA light earthquake magnitude 4.6 (ml/mb) strikes 6 kilometers (4 miles) from eMbalenhle in South Africa on Monday. Exact location of event, depth 5 km, 29.0126° East, -26.5011° South. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 25/11/18 / 2018-11-25 23:47:40 / November 25, 2018 @ 11:47 pm. The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 5 km (3 miles). A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The 4.6-magnitude earthquake has occurred at 01:47:40 / 1:47 am (local time epicenter). Event id: us1000hyc9. Ids that are associated to the earthquake: us1000hyc9.

Epicenter of the event was 77 km (48 miles) from Benoni (c. 605 300 pop), 96 km (60 miles) from Tembisa (c. 511 700 pop), 82 km (51 miles) from Boksburg (c. 445 200 pop), 71 km (44 miles) from Brakpan (c. 305 700 pop), 73 km (46 miles) from Witbank (c. 262 500 pop), 67 km (42 miles) from Springs (c. 186 400 pop), 92 km (57 miles) from Middelburg (c. 154 700 pop). Nearest cities/city/towns to hypocenter/epicentrum was Ermelo, Tembisa, Ekangala (min 5000 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, South Africa (c. 49 000 000 pop).

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 one, in the past 30 days one and in the last 365 days one earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected in the same area.

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Were you asleep? Was it difficult to stand and/or walk? Leave a comment or report about shaking, activity and damage at your city, home and country. 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: 6 km WNW of eMbalenhle, South Africa.

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More information

Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.6 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 29.0126° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -26.5011° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 5 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 6km WNW of eMbalenhle, 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 2018-11-25 23:47:40 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2018-12-03 06:18:54 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 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 2.548 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 0.67 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 77 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 us1000hyc9 Id of event.
Event Code 1000hyc9 An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us1000hyc9, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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