Earthquake rattles Zambia

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An earthquake with magnitude 4.6 occurred near Kariba, Zimbabwe at 03:05:26.10 UTC on Jan 9, 2016. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)

By Newsroom America Feeds at 10:48 pm Eastern

Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System Green Earthquake in Zambia

Population Density near epicenter (people/km2). Image area: 6×4 decimal degrees (approx. 650x450km2).
SummaryThis earthquake is expected to have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.Earthquake Magnitude 4.6M, Depth:10km09 Jan 2016 03:05:26 UTC1988381 people within 100kmWhether international humanitarian aid is needed must be decided by an expert.

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Earthquake Event Characteristics Magnitude: 4.6 MDepth: 10 km (very shallow)Source: NEIC Location (latitude/longitude): -16.0456, 28.5553Time (UTC): 09 Jan 2016 03:05:26Time (ECT): 09 Jan 2016 04:05:26 Earthquake Impact DetailsThe earthquake happened inZambia, Province of Southern (population 1,062,581). The nearest places are Chiota (9km), and Lusaka (1.2 million people , 76km).

The following vulnerable infrastructure is nearby and may be affected. The nearest hydrodams are Kafue Gorge (29km). The nearest protected areas are Chirundu Fossil Forest (15km), Ntombolole (20km), Motulanganga (20km), and Lusitu Headwaters (26km).

For logistics, the following access points are nearby. The nearest airports are Kariba (runway 5400ft, 63km), and Lilayi (63km). There are no known ports nearby.

The maximum altitude nearby is 1500m. The area has steep slopes (up to 40 percent) and may be susceptible to landslides.

The population near the earthquake is shown in the table below.

Radius Population Density (people/km2) 75 km 820000 people 46 50 km 120000 people 15 20 km 16000 people 13 10 km 2300 people 7DisclaimerWhile we try everything to ensure accuracy, this information is purely indicative and should not be used for any decision making without alternate sources of information. The JRC is not responsible for any damage or loss resulting from the use of the information presented on this website. Please refer to the GDACS website for subscribing or unsubscribing from the earthquake alert email or SMS service.

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UTC time: Saturday, January 09, 2016 03:05 AM
Your time: Friday, January 8 2016 10:05 PM
Magnitude Type: mb
USGS status: Reviewed by a seismologist
Reports from the public: 2 people
An earthquake with magnitude 4.6 occurred near Kariba, Zimbabwe at 03-05-26.10 UTC on Jan 9, 2016. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)
An earthquake with magnitude 4.6 occurred near Kariba, Zimbabwe at 03-05-26.10 UTC on Jan 9, 2016. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)

 

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  1. GOD IS ANGRY TOO MUCH SINS HOW DO U NAME A STREET AT DEVIL STREET SURE. MORE NIGHT CLUBS THAN CHURCHES .PIPO NOW WORSHIP POLITICIANS AND RICH MEN.SOM PASTORS HAVE BECOME MEN OF GOLD

  2. GOD IS ANGRY TOO MUCH SINS HOW DO U NAME A STREET AT DEVIL STREET SURE. MORE NIGHT CLUBS THAN CHURCHES .PIPO NOW WORSHIP POLITICIANS AND RICH MEN.SOM PASTORS HAVE BECOME MEN OF GOLD

  3. i like the ignorance lskvoice. earthquake and tremor hav 1 thng in comon,they ar all earthquakes. bt the difference is earthquake is violent sharking of the ground and tremor is slightly shakin of the ground.

  4. It was around 5am and we where getting ready to taking our children to Chengelo school when it happened. My daughter was most terrified, she came running outside wondering what that was

  5. We got used to tremors in nakonde till it heat malawi,i heard from malawi river to a boarding school,that day the earth shock was scared to death wondered if i was still breathing or not

  6. mulafwaishya earthquake ba zambia zoona,wait oneday it’l pass nd who wat who happen yu think its good thing…ok yu shud waiit oneday you will dance to its tune..,i for one i dnt dream of it…

  7. Yes Jacob Mwanza. What we need is to make a lot of drama about countrywide rains that are going to resuscitate peasants maize and restore levels in electricity producing dams. Not anticipation of calamities that have the power to rubble our cracked dams out of existence and cause some rivers to disappear. Then woe to the mines, woe to agriculture, woe to the food basket

  8. What is the difference between Earthquake and Tremor?

    • Tremor is the shaking or trembling of the surface of the earth before an earthquake strikes, though it is common to talk about a tremor and an earthquake in synonymous terms.

    • What is the difference between Earthquake and Tremor?

      • Tremor is the shaking or trembling of the surface of the earth before an earthquake strikes, though it is common to talk about a tremor and an earthquake in synonymous terms.

  9. Southern, Western, Lusaka and Parts of Central provinces may have felt it. We in Luapula, Northern, Muchinga and Copperbelt felt the one whose epicenter was in the Bangweulu lake system around August last year. Like your map shows, the headlines can read earthquakes rattle Zambia. Are we a new frontier joining the “pacific ring of fire”? It is like in some unknown number of years in the past, these tectonic forces created some of the wonderful waterfalls we have as rifts and chasms opened up in the geological systems…

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