Moderate mag. 4.2 earthquake - Rubavu District, 16 km northeast of Gisenyi, Western Province, Rwanda, on 24 May 12:52 am (GMT +2) -

Moderate mag. 4.2 earthquake - Rubavu District, 16 km northeast of Gisenyi, Western Province, Rwanda, on 24 May 12:52 am (GMT +2)

Moderate magnitude 4.2 earthquake at 10 km depth

23 May 23:02 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 9 minutes.
23 May 23:06: Now using data updates from USGS
Update Sun, 23 May 2021, 23:12
Magnitude 4.2 earthquake strikes near Gisenyi, Western Province, Rwanda
4.2 quake 24 May 12:52 am (GMT +2)
4.2 quake 24 May 12:52 am (GMT +2)
A magnitude 4.2 earthquake near Gisenyi, Western Province, Rwanda, was reported only 19 minutes ago by the United States Geological Survey, considered one of the key international agencies that monitor seismic activity worldwide. The earthquake occurred at a shallow depth of 10 km beneath the epicenter after midnight on Monday 24 May 2021 at 12:52 am local time. The exact magnitude, epicenter, and depth of the quake might be revised within the next few hours or minutes as seismologists review data and refine their calculations, or as other agencies issue their report.
A second report was later issued by the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), which listed it as a magnitude 4.2 earthquake as well.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Gisenyi (pop. 83,600) located 16 km from the epicenter, Goma (pop. 144,100) 18 km away, Ruhengeri (pop. 86,700) 32 km away, and Sake (pop. 17,200) 39 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Gitarama (pop. 87,600) located 63 km from the epicenter, Kigali (pop. 745,300) 82 km away, and Nzega (pop. 33,800) 95 km away.
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Earthquake data

Date & time: May 23, 2021 22:52:56 UTC -
Local time at epicenter: 24 May 12:52 am (GMT +2)
Magnitude: 4.2
Depth: 10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude: 1.6448°S / 29.388°E (Rubavu District, Western Province, Rwanda)
Antipode: 1.645°N / 150.612°W
Nearest volcano: Muhavura (79 km / 49 mi)
Nearby towns and cities:
16 km (10 mi) ENE of Gisenyi (pop: 83,600) --> See nearby quakes!
18 km (11 mi) E of Goma (Nord Kivu, Congo - Kinshasa) (pop: 144,100) --> See nearby quakes!
32 km (20 mi) WSW of Ruhengeri (Northern Province) (pop: 86,700) --> See nearby quakes!
39 km (24 mi) E of Sake (Nord Kivu, Congo - Kinshasa) (pop: 17,200) --> See nearby quakes!
63 km (39 mi) NW of Gitarama (Southern Province) (pop: 87,600) --> See nearby quakes!
82 km (51 mi) WNW of Kigali (pop: 745,300) --> See nearby quakes!
95 km (59 mi) NNW of Nzega (Nyamagabe, Southern Province) (pop: 33,800) --> See nearby quakes!
113 km (70 mi) NNW of Butare (Southern Province) (pop: 89,600) --> See nearby quakes!
207 km (129 mi) NNW of Gitega (Burundi) (pop: 41,000) --> See nearby quakes!
417 km (259 mi) WSW of Kampala (Central Region, Uganda) (pop: 1,353,200) --> See nearby quakes!
Weather at epicenter at time of quake:
Light Rain 12.4°C (54 F), humidity: 96%, wind: 1 m/s (1 kts) from SE
Primary data source: USGS (United States Geological Survey)
Estimated released energy: 1.3 x 1011 joules (35 megawatt hours, equivalent to 30.1 tons of TNT) More info
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

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4.210 km15 Km ENE of Gisenyi, RwandaUSGS

User reports for this quake (8)

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Gisenyi / Strong shaking (MMI VI) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s : I felt the house almost hooked off | One user found this interesting.  
1621812786... .jpg (public domain)The affected house (public domain)
Kigali, Nyarugenge District (88.4 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) : Shaken on my beb | One user found this interesting.  
Gisenyi, Western Province (16 km WSW of epicenter) [Map] / Weak shaking (MMI III) / 2-5 s
Kigali, Nyarugenge District (87.4 km ESE of epicenter) [Map] / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / simple rolling (tilting sideways along one direction) / very short
kigali / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s
Kigali / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / 2-5 s
remera kigali / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / rattling, vibrating / 5-10 s
KIGALI / Weak shaking (MMI III) / rattling, vibrating / 30-60 s
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