Zimbabwe – Powerful shallow M 5.5 earthquake near Kariba dam

Kariba Dam of the Zambezi (Zambia/Zimbabwe)

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Earthquake Report comment :
A powerful and shallow earthquake occurred this morning (local time) on the Zimbabwe and Zambia.
The epicenter of the earthquake was only 5 km from the lake, also feeding the Zambesi river.  Many Zimbabwe  National Parks are located in this area like Matusadona National Park and Mana Pools national park.
The closest settlement to the epicenter is the Charara Safari area.
A number of tourists visiting the area will certainly have felt this tremor.
We call this earthquake moderately dangerous as people are living in rudimentary houses and as the earthquake was at the same time powerful and shallow.
On the picture one can see the Kariba Dam very close to the epicenter (satellite view of the dam)

Earthquake-report.com has doubts about this earthquake as :
a) the local press in Zimbabwe and Zambia has not reported any news
b) even more important : the Tsumeb, Namibia seismograph has not showed any trace of this nearby earthquake.
EMSC itself has received the data from South African Seismological Network Pretoria, South Africa.

Data sources : EMSC

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Ml 5.5
Tuesday, August 31, 2010 at 08:19 AM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km
Geo-location(s) :
45 km E of Kariba, Zimbabwe
161 km from Lusaka (Zambia)

Links to important maps
Google satellite map of the area showing the kind of terrain the earthquake took place
USGS historic earthquakes map

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3 Responses

  1. Thank you for this information. It’s the first report received today, and not even Google Earth shows it. However there are some questions: your article above states “Friday, August 31, 2010 at 08:19 AM at epicenter” but today is not Friday, but Tuesday. How accurate therefore is the article? There’s nothing on Google Earth and no USGS E-mail notification has been received.

  2. Sorry for the error, we forgot to change the name of the day.
    Original data source : http://www.emsc-csem.org/Earthquake/earthquake.php?id=186466
    It looks like USGS is dominating the earthquake world. If they are not mentioning it, it does not exist

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