Moderate mag. 4.8 earthquake - Botswana on 2017-08-12 02:37:47 UTC

Moderate mag. 4.8 earthquake - Botswana on 2017-08-12 02:37:47 UTC

Moderate magnitude 4.8 earthquake at 10 km depth

12 Aug 03:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 22 minutes.
Date & time: 12 Aug 2017 02:37:47 UTC
Local time at epicenter: 2017-08-12 02:37:47 UTC
Magnitude: 4.8
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 23.5687°S / 25.7305°E (Botswana)
Nearby towns and cities:
92 km (57 mi) NE of Letlhakeng (pop: 6,780) --> See nearby quakes!
96 km (60 mi) NNE of Molepolole (pop: 63,200) --> See nearby quakes!
104 km (64 mi) NNW of Mochudi (pop: 37,000) --> See nearby quakes!
119 km (74 mi) N of Mogoditshane (pop: 43,400) --> See nearby quakes!
122 km (76 mi) N of Gaborone (pop: 208,400) --> See nearby quakes!
122 km (76 mi) WSW of Mahalapye (pop: 44,500) --> See nearby quakes!
161 km (100 mi) NNE of Kanye (pop: 44,700) --> See nearby quakes!
165 km (103 mi) SW of Serowe (pop: 47,400) --> See nearby quakes!
323 km (201 mi) SW of Francistown (pop: 90,000) --> See nearby quakes!
347 km (215 mi) NW of Pretoria (South Africa) (pop: 1,619,400) --> See nearby quakes!
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1 x 1012 joules (278 megawatt hours, equivalent to 239 tons of TNT) More info
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4.810 km- BotswanaUSGS

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Mahalapye / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Tlokweng / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Phakalane / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
gaborone / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : It was scary.the shaking ànd the sound  
Molepolole / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Gaborone (120.4 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Gaborone, Block 5 / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Gaborone (117.9 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : It felt like a shaking wave passed through the house floor and rattled it.  
Gaborone (120.8 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Modipane Primary School / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
tlokweng / Very strong shaking (MMI VII)
Molepolole / Light shaking (MMI IV) : it woke me up  
Molepolole / Light shaking (MMI IV)
gaborone / Strong shaking (MMI VI) : About 10 seconds  
Gaborone / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Thamaga / Weak shaking (MMI III)
mahalapye (144.9 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
GABORONE-BLOCK FIVE FLATS (121.8 km S of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV) : IT WOKE ME UP  
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