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Strong mag. 5.7 earthquake - 10.2 km west of Welkom, South Africa, on Thursday, April 22, 1999 at 22:19 GMT

Strong mag. 5.7 earthquake - 10.2 km west of Welkom, South Africa, on Thursday, April 22, 1999 at 22:19 GMT Strong mag. 5.7 earthquake - 10.2 km west of Welkom, South Africa, on Thursday, April 22, 1999 at 22:19 GMT

Strong magnitude 5.7 earthquake at 5 km depth

1 Jan 00:00 UTC: First to report: USGS after 30 seconds.

Earthquake details

Date & timeApr 22, 1999 22:19:36 UTC
Local time at epicenter
Depth5.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude27.953°S / 26.635°E (Lejweleputswa District Municipality, Orange Free State, South Africa)
Antipode27.953°N / 153.365°W
Shaking intensityStrong shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceUSGS (United States Geological Survey)
Nearby towns and cities10 km (6 mi) WNW of Welkom (pop: 431,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
17 km (11 mi) SW of Kutloanong (pop: 95,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
22 km (14 mi) S of Allanridge (pop: 31,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
28 km (18 mi) NW of Virginia (pop: 122,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
29 km (18 mi) ESE of Wesselsbron (pop: 42,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
136 km (85 mi) NNE of Bloemfontein (pop: 463,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
173 km (107 mi) NNW of Maseru (Lesotho) (pop: 118,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
223 km (139 mi) SSW of Soweto (Gauteng) (pop: 1,695,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
240 km (149 mi) SW of Johannesburg (Gauteng) (pop: 2,026,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
290 km (180 mi) SSW of Pretoria (Gauteng) (pop: 1,619,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Estimated seismic energy released2.2 x 1013 joules (6.22 gigawatt hours, equivalent to 5351 tons of TNT or 0.3 atomic bombs!) | about seismic energy
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5.75 kmSouth AfricaUSGS
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