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Light earthquake: M4.8 quake has struck near Soweto in South Africa

Earthquake location -26.2678S, 27.7998WA light earthquake with magnitude 4.8 (ml/mb) was reported 5 kilometers (3 miles) from Soweto in South Africa on Friday. Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 01/03/19 / 2019-03-01 04:56:46 / March 1, 2019 @ 4:56 am. Exact location of earthquake, longitude 27.7998 East, latitude -26.2678 South, depth = 10 km. The temblor was picked up at 06:56:46 / 6:56 am (local time epicenter). 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 10 km (6 miles) below the earth’s surface. All ids that are associated to the event: us1000j9sy. Unique identifier: us1000j9sy.

Epicenter of the event was 25 km (16 miles) from Johannesburg (c. 2 026 500 pop), 6 km (4 miles) from Soweto (c. 1 695 000 pop), 70 km (43 miles) from Pretoria (c. 1 619 400 pop), 53 km (33 miles) from Benoni (c. 605 300 pop), 52 km (32 miles) from Tembisa (c. 511 700 pop), 47 km (29 miles) from Vereeniging (c. 474 700 pop), 46 km (29 miles) from Boksburg (c. 445 200 pop). Nearby 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 Koster, Cullinan, Vredefort.

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 six 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 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: 5 km W of Soweto, South Africa.

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Parameter Value Description
Magnitude 4.8 mb The magnitude for the event.
Longitude 27.7998° East Decimal degrees longitude. Negative values for western longitudes.
Latitude -26.2678° South Decimal degrees latitude. Negative values for southern latitudes.
Depth 10 km Depth of the event in kilometers.
Place 5km W 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 2019-03-01 04:56:46 Time when the event occurred. UTC/GMT
Updated 2019-03-02 06:37:57 Time when the event was most recently updated. UTC/GMT
Timezone offset 120 Timezone offset from UTC in minutes at the event epicenter.
Felt 1 The total number of felt reports
CDI 2.7 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 355 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 2.347 Horizontal distance from the epicenter to the nearest station (in degrees).
Root Mean Square 1 sec The root-mean-square (RMS) travel time residual, in sec, using all weights.
Azimuthal Gap 74 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 us1000j9sy Id of event.
Event Code 1000j9sy An identifying code assigned by, and unique from, the corresponding source for the event.
Event IDS ,us1000j9sy, A comma-separated list of event ids that are associated to an event.

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