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Moderate mag. 4.7 earthquake - 6.3 km southeast of Fochville, North West, South Africa, on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 09:32 GMT

Moderate mag. 4.7 earthquake - 6.3 km southeast of Fochville, North West, South Africa, on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 09:32 GMT Moderate mag. 4.7 earthquake - 6.3 km southeast of Fochville, North West, South Africa, on Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 09:32 GMT

Moderate magnitude 4.7 earthquake at 10 km depth

7 Mar 09:45 UTC: First to report: BMKG after 12 minutes.
Mar 7 23:20: Magnitude recalculated from 4.9 to 4.7.

Earthquake details

Date & timeMar 7, 2019 09:32:36 UTC
Local time at epicenter
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude26.54°S / 27.52°E (North West, South Africa)
Antipode26.54°N / 152.48°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking
Felt28 reports
Primary data sourceBMKG (Meteorological, Climatological, and Geophysical Agency of Indonesia)
Nearby towns and cities6 km (4 mi) SSE of Fochville (North-West) (pop: 62,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
23 km (15 mi) SSE of Carletonville (Gauteng) (pop: 182,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
28 km (17 mi) SSW of Westonaria (Gauteng) (pop: 156,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
37 km (23 mi) WNW of Vanderbijlpark (Gauteng) (pop: 246,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
43 km (27 mi) WNW of Vereeniging (Gauteng) (pop: 474,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
45 km (28 mi) SW of Soweto (Gauteng) (pop: 1,695,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
46 km (29 mi) ENE of Potchefstroom (North-West) (pop: 123,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
64 km (40 mi) SW of Johannesburg (Gauteng) (pop: 2,026,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
111 km (69 mi) SW of Pretoria (Gauteng) (pop: 1,619,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
202 km (125 mi) ESE of Mahikeng (North-West) (pop: 14,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released7.1 x 1011 joules (197 megawatt hours, equivalent to 169 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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4.710 kmSouth AfricaBMKG
4.810 km6km E of Fochville, South AfricaUSGS
4.810 kmSouth AfricaGFZ

User reports for this quake (38)

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PAARL / not felt : Was wondering what was happening when there was like so many butterflies flying in the sky around and around in groups,then a mass of birds but they weren't flying in the usual patterns..they could feel it and it explains everything  
Sasolburg / Very weak shaking (MMI II)
Potchefstroom / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Groblersdal / not felt
Potchefstroom / Very strong shaking (MMI VII) : Was sitting. It felt as if chair was taken away from under me. Animals were immediately alert.  
Vaalpark, Sasolburg / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Meyerton, Gauteng (49.7 km E of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Potchefstroom (197.4 km W of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Sandton, 115 West Street / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Saw the water in my water bottle move, then realised the ground was moving... but only slightly. Some people in the office noticed it, but most didn't.  
Vandebijlpark / Light shaking (MMI IV) : I was woken up by the shaking on the 2nd floor.  
Sasolburg / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Middelburg mpumalanga (185 km ENE of epicenter) [Map] / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Silverton / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Johannesburg / not felt
Johannesburg south / not felt
Johannesburg, City of Johannesburg Metropolitan Municipality, Gauteng (59.3 km NE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Very faint shaking  
Potchefstroom / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Windhoek, Namibia (1143.6 km WNW of epicenter) [Map] / Violent shaking (MMI IX) : My Fok Marelize  
Fochville RSA / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Felt like a bump  
Boksburg North / Very weak shaking (MMI II) : Slight tremor on first floor of the office.  
Centurion, Gauteng / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Felt the tremor for few seconds  
Potchefstroom / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Bloemfontein / not felt
Vereeniging / Light shaking (MMI IV) : Feld it inside the office  
Silverton, Pretoria / Moderate shaking (MMI V) : The building shook.  
Gauteng ,Vanderbijlpark / not felt
Centurion Gauteng / not felt
Meyerton / Light shaking (MMI IV)
Fochville / Moderate shaking (MMI V)
Parys Free State / Weak shaking (MMI III)
Potchefstroom / Light shaking (MMI IV)
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