Weak mag. 2.7 earthquake - 2.9 km northwest of Welkom, South Africa, on Tuesday, Apr 12, 2022 at 7:25 am (GMT +2) -

Weak mag. 2.7 earthquake - 2.9 km northwest of Welkom, South Africa, on Tuesday, Apr 12, 2022 at 7:25 am (GMT +2) Weak mag. 2.7 earthquake - 2.9 km northwest of Welkom, South Africa, on Tuesday, Apr 12, 2022 at 7:25 am (GMT +2)

Weak magnitude 2.7 earthquake at 10 km depth

12 Apr 05:31 UTC: First to report: VolcanoDiscovery after 6 minutes.
12 Apr 05:35: Now using data updates from CGS
12 Apr 06:00: Magnitude recalculated from 2.5 to 2.7.

Earthquake details

Date & timeApr 12, 2022 05:25:03 UTC -
Local time at epicenterTuesday, Apr 12, 2022 at 7:25 am (GMT +2)
StatusConfirmed
Magnitude2.7
Depth10.0 km
Epicenter latitude / longitude27.959°S / 26.714°E (Lejweleputswa District Municipality, Orange Free State, South Africa)
Antipode27.959°N / 153.286°W
Shaking intensityWeak shaking
Felt4 reports
Primary data sourceCGS (Council for Geoscience, South African National Seismograph Network)
Nearby towns and cities3 km (2 mi) NW of Welkom (pop: 431,900) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
14 km (9 mi) SSW of Kutloanong (pop: 95,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
22 km (14 mi) NW of Virginia (pop: 122,500) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
24 km (15 mi) SSE of Allanridge (pop: 31,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
31 km (19 mi) W of Hennenman (pop: 22,800) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
36 km (22 mi) ESE of Wesselsbron (pop: 42,600) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
50 km (31 mi) N of Theunissen (pop: 34,700) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
62 km (38 mi) SW of Kroonstad (pop: 104,000) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
138 km (86 mi) NNE of Bloemfontein (pop: 463,100) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
286 km (178 mi) SSW of Pretoria (Gauteng) (pop: 1,619,400) | Show on map | Quakes nearby
Weather at epicenter at time of quakeClear Sky 13.2°C (56 F), humidity: 80%, wind: 2 m/s (4 kts) from ESE
Estimated seismic energy released7.1 x 108 joules (197 kilowatt hours, equivalent to 0.169 tons of TNT) | about seismic energy
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Mag.DepthLocationSource
2.710 kmSouth Africa RegionCGS

User reports for this quake (4)

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Welkom, 380 State Way / Light shaking (MMI IV) / vertical swinging (up and down) / 1-2 s : I felt a big up and down motion under my feet, as if the floor lifted for a second and the sound was moderate  
Welkom Industrial, free state (5.6 km SE of epicenter) [Map] / Moderate shaking (MMI V) / both vertical and horizontal swinging / 2-5 s : Sitting at my deak  
Welkom / Very weak shaking (MMI II) / vibration and rolling / 1-2 s
welkom / Light shaking (MMI IV) / single lateral shake / 2-5 s
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