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Moderate mag. 3.9 earthquake - 58 km northeast of Gweru, Midlands Province, Zimbabwe, on 2021-06-14 13:53:07 SAST (GMT+02:00)

Moderate mag. 3.9 earthquake - 58 km northeast of Gweru, Midlands Province, Zimbabwe, on 2021-06-14 13:53:07 SAST (GMT+02:00) Moderate mag. 3.9 earthquake - 58 km northeast of Gweru, Midlands Province, Zimbabwe, on 2021-06-14 13:53:07 SAST (GMT+02:00)

Moderate magnitude 3.9 earthquake at 10 km depth

14 Jun 12:00 UTC: First to report: CGS after 7 minutes.
14 Jun 12:07: Epicenter location corrected by 2.9 km (1.8 mi) towards NW.
14 Jun 16:56: Magnitude recalculated from 4.2 to 3.9.
Update Mon, 14 Jun 2021, 12:06

Magnitude 4.2 earthquake strikes near Gweru, Midlands Province, Zimbabwe

4.2 quake 2021-06-14 13:53:07 SAST (GMT+02:00)
4.2 quake 2021-06-14 13:53:07 SAST (GMT+02:00)
A shallow magnitude 4.2 earthquake was reported around noon near Gweru, Midlands Province, Zimbabwe.
According to South Africa's Council for Geoscience (CGS), the quake hit on Monday 14 June 2021 at 1:53 pm local time at a shallow depth of 10 km. Shallow earthquakes are felt more strongly than deeper ones as they are closer to the surface. 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.
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 Lalapanzi (pop. 1,400) located 20 km from the epicenter.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Redcliffe (pop. 33,200) located 57 km from the epicenter, Gweru (pop. 146,100) 58 km away, Kwekwe (pop. 99,100) 59 km away, Shurugwi (pop. 17,100) 61 km away, Chivhu (pop. 10,400) 65 km away, and Kadoma (pop. 79,200) 104 km away.

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Earthquake details

Date & timeJun 14, 2021 11:53:07 UTC
Local time at epicenter2021-06-14 13:53:07 SAST (GMT+02:00)
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude19.173°S / 30.286°E (Midlands Province, Zimbabwe)
Antipode19.173°N / 149.714°W
Shaking intensityLight shaking near epicenter
Felt0 reports
Primary data sourceCGS (Council for Geoscience, South African National Seismograph Network)
Nearby towns and cities21 km (13 mi) NNE of Lalapanzi (Midlands) (pop: 1,390) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
55 km (34 mi) ESE of Redcliffe (Midlands) (pop: 33,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
57 km (35 mi) ESE of Kwekwe (Midlands) (pop: 99,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
58 km (36 mi) ENE of Gweru (Midlands) (pop: 146,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
63 km (39 mi) NNE of Churugwi (Midlands) (pop: 17,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
66 km (41 mi) WSW of Chivhu (Mashonaland East) (pop: 10,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
101 km (63 mi) SSE of Kadoma (Mashonaland West) (pop: 79,200) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
114 km (71 mi) NNW of Masvingo (pop: 76,300) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
170 km (106 mi) SSW of Harare (pop: 1,542,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
209 km (130 mi) ENE of bullawayo (Bulawayo) (pop: 699,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeClear Sky 23.8°C (75 F), humidity: 17%, wind: 4 m/s (7 kts) from SE
Estimated seismic energy released4.5 x 1010 joules (12.4 megawatt hours, equivalent to 10.7 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Data for the same earthquake reported by different agencies

Info: The more agencies report about the same quake and post similar data, the more confidence you can have in the data. It takes normally up to a few hours until earthquake parameters are calculated with near-optimum precision.
3.910 kmZimbabwe: South Africa RegionCGS


Seismic station: Sowa (SOOWA/BX network) | Distance from quake: 453 km / 281 mi | Show on map | Station Info
Seismic station Sowa: vertical movement plot around time of quake (source: IRIS/BUD)
Seismogram (vertical component) around time of quake. Thin dotted red line indicates time of quake. Seismic waves arrive some time later, depending on distance. Bandpass filter applied: 0.5-10.0 Hz. Source: IRIS Buffer of Uniform Data (BUD) webtool
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User reports for this quake (2)

User reports estimate the perceived ground shaking intensity according to the MMI (Modified Mercalli Intensity) scale.
near Kharare (168 km NNE of epicenter) [Map] / not felt
Gweru CBD / not felt

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