Moderate Earthquake Hits The Middle Of African Plate

A moderate earthquake with magnitude 5 (ml/mb) was reported 23 kilometers (14 miles) from Bukavu in Democratic Republic on Friday. The temblor was picked up at 19:45:47 / 7:45 pm (local time epicenter). Global date and time of event UTC/GMT: 15/09/17 / 2017-09-15 17:45:47 / September 15, 2017 @ 5:45 pm. Unique identifier: us2000anhd. Ids that are associated to the event: us2000anhd. A tsunami warning has not been issued (Does not indicate if a tsunami actually did or will exist). The earthquake was roughly at a depth of 12.7 km (8 miles). Exact location, longitude 28.7778° East, latitude -2.706° South, depth = 12.7 km.

Nearest cities/city/villages to epicentrum/hypocenter was Bujumbura, Kayanza, Kibuye (min 5000 pop). The epicenter was 99 km (62 miles) from Bujumbura (c. 331 700 pop), 25 km (16 miles) from Bukavu (c. 225 400 pop), 86 km (54 miles) from Uvira (c. 170 400 pop), 29 km (18 miles) from Cyangugu (c. 63 900 pop), 96 km (59 miles) from Kibuye (c. 48 000 pop), 23 km (14 miles) from Kabare (c. 37 000 pop), 90 km (56 miles) from Nzega (c. 33 800 pop). Close country/countries that might be effected, Burundi (c. 9 863 000 pop), Democratic Republic of the Congo (c. 70 916 000 pop), Rwanda (c. 11 056 000 pop).

Earthquakes 5.0 to 6.0 may cause light damage to buildings and other structures. Each year there are an estimated 1320 moderate quakes in the world. In the past 24 hours, there have been one, in the last 10 days one, in the past 30 days one and in the last 365 days three earthquakes of magnitude 3.0 or greater that have been detected nearby.

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