Information on the earthquake: moderate mag. 4.9 – 7 km earthquake north of Giyani, Mopani District Municipality, Limpopo, South Africa, on Thursday, August 5, 2021 3:42 p.m. (GMT +2)
Moderate magnitude earthquake 4.9 to 10 km deep
5 Aug 13:49 UTC: First to report: CGS after 7 minutes.
Updated Thu Aug 5, 2021, 13:54
Magnitude 4.9 earthquake strikes near Giyani, Mopani District Municipality, Limpopo, South Africa
4.9 earthquake 2021-08-05 15:42:26 SAST (GMT 02:00)
Based on preliminary seismic data, the quake was likely felt by many people in the epicenter area. It should not have caused any significant damage, other than objects falling from shelves, broken glass, etc.
In Giyani (37,000 inhabitants) located 7 km from the epicenter, the earthquake should have been felt as slight tremors.
Weak tremors could have been felt in Thohoyandou (44,000 inhabitants) located 41 km from the epicenter, Louis Trichardt (86,900 inhabitants) at 86 km and Phalaborwa (109,500 inhabitants) at 89 km.
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Date and time: Aug 5, 2021 13:42:26 UTC –
Local time at epicenter: Thursday August 5, 2021 3:42 p.m. (GMT +2)
Depth: 10.0 km
Latitude / longitude of epicenter: 23.24 ° S / 30.721 ° E (Municipality of Mopani District, Limpopo, South Africa)
Nearby towns and villages:
7 km (4 mi) N of Giyani (Mopani) (pop: 37,000) -> Observe the earthquakes nearby!
41 km (25 mi) southeast of Thohoyandou (pop: 44,000) -> See earthquakes nearby!
86 km (54 mi) ESE of Louis trichardt (pop: 86,900) -> Observe the earthquakes nearby!
89 km (55 mi) NNW of Phalaborwa (pop: 109,500) -> Observe the earthquakes nearby!
148 km (92 mi) ENE of Polokwane (pop: 123,700) -> See nearby earthquakes!
345 km (214 mi) north of Mbabane (Hhohho, Swaziland) (pop: 76,200) -> See nearby earthquakes!
357 km (222 mi) NNW of Maputo (Maputo, Mozambique) (pop: 1,191,600) -> See nearby earthquakes!
379 km (235 mi) northeast of Pretoria (Gauteng) (pop: 1,619,400) -> See nearby earthquakes!
426 km (265 mi) northeast of Johannesburg (Gauteng) (pop: 2,026,500) -> Observe the earthquakes nearby!
444 km (276 mi) northeast of Soweto (Gauteng) (pop: 1,695,000) -> See nearby earthquakes!
Clear sky 27.4 ° C (81 F), humidity: 22%, wind: 1 m / s (3 kts) from ENE
Main data source: CGS (Geoscience Council, South African National Seismograph Network)
Estimated energy released: 1.4 x 1012 joules (392 megawatt hours, equivalent to 338 tonnes of TNT) Find out more
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