(Complete) Earthquakes list May 27, 2012 – Earthquake in South Africa ?

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Earthquake in South Africa during the evening of May 27?
Our readers have reported an earthquake (or at least serious vibrations) in the Piet Relief region.  Geoscience South Africa does not make any mention of this earthquake nor the international seismological agencies, meaning that the Magnitude will not be superior to M5. A lot pf M+4 are not reported by European or USA agencies.
We have inserted manually an earthquake listing based on the data of our readers. Magnitude, Depth, Time and Epicenter location are entered at random, to make it possible to be listed and seen. If any other people have felt it in the area and know eventually the data, please let us know by filling a I Have Felt it report.
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Update 28/05 – 09:16 UTC : It is believed that the epicenter was in Swaziland. The time of occurrence : 08:58 local time
Update 28/05 – 09:20 UTC :  Residents in Newcastle, Ladysmith, Dundee, Mkuze, Piet Retief, and Pongola felt the tremors from the earthquake, East Coast Radio reported.
Although not mentioned in their website, sources close to Geoscience South Africa told the local press that the earthquake was measured as a Magnitude 4.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Northern Italy May 27 23:48 2.4 8 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Western Turkey May 27 23:34 2.8 5 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Western Turkey May 27 23:29 2.4 5 MAP I Felt It
USGS Northern Alaska May 27 23:27 3.2 37 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Southern Greece May 27 23:20 3.0 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Italy May 27 22:53 2.9 5 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Off Coast Of Chiapas, Mexico May 27 22:16 4.5 42 MAP I Felt It
USGS Off The Coast Of Chiapas, Mexico May 27 22:16 4.5 42 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Albania May 27 22:15 2.6 2 MAP I Felt It
USGS Virgin Islands Region May 27 22:12 3.2 14 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Offshore El Salvador May 27 21:52 4.5 75 MAP I Felt It
USGS Offshore El Salvador May 27 21:52 4.4 75 MAP I Felt It
USGS Dominican Republic Region May 27 21:49 3.4 94 MAP I Felt It
USGS British Columbia, Canada May 27 21:33 2.5 0 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece May 27 21:26 3.7 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Western Xizang May 27 20:50 4.7 27 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Western Xizang May 27 20:50 4.9 2 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Xizang May 27 20:50 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Italy May 27 20:31 2.4 2 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Italy May 27 20:25 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Northern Italy May 27 20:25 4.1 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Chile-bolivia Border Region May 27 20:01 5.1 112 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Antofagasta, Chile May 27 20:01 4.4 122 MAP I Felt It
USGS Antofagasta, Chile May 27 20:01 4.4 122 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece May 27 19:52 2.5 7 MAP I Felt It
EMSC Northern Italy May 27 19:03 2.4 11 MAP I Felt It
ER Swaziland, Piet Retief ?, Rsa (not Sure) May 27 18:58 4.0 0 MAP I Felt It
  • Piet Retief mpumalanga - We just felt the house shaking, at about 21:15 , it felt like there was something moving under the earth, it lasted for a minute, I think if it took longer, my house would have fell. Shuu it was scary.
  • Piet Retief - We felt a very strong vibration hear in Piet Retief South Africa Mpumalanga there was even a electricity tripping it was strong indeed I never something like it before from Njani Msibi @ Mkhondo
  • Paulpietersburg, RSA - On 27 May 2012 at some where between 20h00 and 21h00
  • South Africa, Pongola - Moderate shaking reported
  • Ermelo Mpumalanga - movement felt 27 May 2012 at approx 8.55
  • Ermelo, Mpumalanga - Weird feeling. Would like to know where this started?
  • Eshowe - Light rumbling
  • Piet Retief - Just after 21h last night forabou 20 seconds there was shaking and rumling,plates fell from my walls and broke
  • White River, Mpumalanga, South Africa - Felt my couch vibrating for all of 3 seconds.
  • Piet Retief - Moderate shaking reported
  • Vryheid - At just after 9pm last night we felt the wall shake and the window panes vibrated as though a large truck was going past for about 20 sec and then a few seconds later another shudder. I have read that the epicentre was in Mbabane Swaziland.
  • Paulpietersburg - Everything was shaking. You could even hear the cups and glasses in the cupboard rattle.
  • Ermelo - At 21:00 last night we heard a loud noise against the window,like a bird hitting the window,the windows of our house started to vibrate,it continued for a while. My son in law who was sitting on the couch could also feel the vibrations, it was realy scary, just as we decided to leave the house it was over.
  • Ermelo - A slight rumbling and shaking occured in Ermelo at around 21:15. It felt similar to mines doing blasting in the area although the frequency and timing was different from the usual blasting rumblings. It lasted for approximately 45-50s.
  • Piet Retief - There was a light shaking in piet retief
  • Ermelo - House shakes , roof felt as if it was lifted by something
  • Piet Retief - Watching TV and sms my sister at 8.57 when I feld the rumbling and shaking. Firt Moderste and the 2 weak shakins ± 10 to 20 seconds - after that the power was off for about a hour. I first thought it could be the electicity substation exploding. Funny notmally wild animals can feel these type of thing before you could hear and feel it, but all my animals, wild and domestic were calm and sleepy. The village peaple felt it stonger. I would love to know what places around and further feld the ea
  • Volksrust - Last night at about 21:12;there was a weak shaking it felt like something trembling or running on top of the roof. It lasted for like 15 seconds.It was quiet scary.
  • Piet Retief - It was scaring the vibration was moderate and in town eletricity was off and other section of ethandukukhanya Harmony Park was dark this thing was moving fast and is like in the underground
  • Penvaan - we are living on a farm between Paulpietersburg and Vryheid. (Penvaan). At about 9h30? we heard a sound resembling thunder. As it got closer it sounded like a huge herd of horses coming - but then the shaking started. Don't know how long it took. But it was quite strange.. before the trembling the cattle, horses, chickens and dogs were very restless and noisy. Once the trembling and rumbling noise subsided everything was an eery silence.
  • Ermelo - Desk shook
  • Ezulwini Swaziland - Just before 9pm on Sunday 27 May we heard the window panes vibrate like they do when thunder is nearby.As it was a clear night we assumed it was an earth tremor. The ground did not vibrate.
  • EMSC Bulgaria May 27 18:56 2.6 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Alaska Peninsula May 27 18:42 2.6 8 MAP I Felt It
    GEONET Canterbury May 27 18:28 3.9 8 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northern Xinjiang, China May 27 18:19 4.5 1 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Northern Italy May 27 18:18 4.2 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northern Italy May 27 18:18 4.1 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Oaxaca, Mexico May 27 18:05 4.6 80 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Oaxaca, Mexico May 27 18:05 4.6 71 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Oaxaca, Mexico May 27 18:05 4.7 25 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Eastern Turkey May 27 17:12 2.4 7 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kermadec Islands, New Zealand May 27 17:12 4.9 20 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kermadec Islands, New Zealand May 27 17:12 4.7 25 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Eastern Turkey May 27 17:10 3.0 6 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northern Italy May 27 17:08 2.4 8 MAP I Felt It
    GEONET Canterbury May 27 17:00 4.4 8 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Tajikistan May 27 16:39 4.5 20 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Southern Alaska May 27 16:35 3.0 11 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Hindu Kush Region, Afghanistan May 27 16:03 4.3 100 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Near East Coast Of Kamchatka May 27 15:50 4.2 100 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece May 27 15:18 2.7 12 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northern Italy May 27 14:48 2.9 11 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Offshore Chiapas, Mexico May 27 13:42 4.9 52 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Offshore Chiapas, Mexico May 27 13:42 4.8 40 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Near Coast Of Chiapas, Mexico May 27 13:41 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Western Turkey May 27 13:32 2.9 6 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Crete, Greece May 27 13:11 3.7 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Southern California May 27 13:05 3.8 0 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Northcentral Siberia, Russia May 27 12:37 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kuril Islands May 27 12:34 4.6 53 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kuril Islands May 27 12:34 4.6 44 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Western Turkey May 27 12:28 2.4 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Western Turkey May 27 12:27 3.0 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Puerto Rico Region May 27 11:29 3.0 107 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southwestern Ryukyu Islands, Japan May 27 11:20 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Southwestern Ryukyu Islands, Japan May 27 11:20 4.8 16 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Southwestern Ryukyu Isl., Japan May 27 11:20 4.8 20 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Cyprus Region May 27 11:19 3.4 2 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northern Italy May 27 11:19 2.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kepulauan Mentawai Region, Indonesia May 27 10:58 4.8 34 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kep. Mentawai Region, Indonesia May 27 10:58 4.8 20 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southern Sumatra, Indonesia May 27 10:58 4.7 21 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Greece May 27 10:21 3.1 13 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Central Peru May 27 10:10 4.6 41 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Central Peru May 27 10:10 4.6 42 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Baja California, Mexico May 27 10:09 2.5 0 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Southern Alaska May 27 09:51 2.7 20 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southeast Of Australia May 27 09:27 5.1 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Southeast Of Australia May 27 09:27 4.7 9 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Southeast Of Australia May 27 09:27 4.9 2 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Puerto Rico Region May 27 08:25 2.9 80 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Mona Passage, Dominican Republic May 27 08:12 3.1 96 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 27 07:49 4.9 20 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 27 07:49 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 27 07:49 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Virgin Islands Region May 27 07:45 4.3 4 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Virgin Islands Region May 27 07:45 4.3 15 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Virgin Islands Region May 27 07:45 4.3 16 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Virgin Islands Region May 27 07:44 4.4 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska May 27 07:40 3.5 11 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands, Alaska May 27 07:40 4.4 9 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Rat Islands, Aleutian Islands May 27 07:40 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Southern Alaska May 27 07:07 3.1 0 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Western Turkey May 27 06:54 3.0 7 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Dodecanese Islands, Greece May 27 06:46 3.1 9 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northern Italy May 27 06:39 3.1 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Mona Passage, Puerto Rico May 27 06:38 2.5 22 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Southern Greece May 27 06:02 3.5 2 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Romania May 27 05:58 3.5 88 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northern Italy May 27 05:55 2.8 2 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Western Turkey May 27 05:32 3.1 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Near The Coast Of Central Peru May 27 05:21 4.7 61 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Near Coast Of Central Peru May 27 05:21 4.7 72 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Near Coast Of Peru May 27 05:21 4.7 33 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Western Turkey May 27 05:11 2.8 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Puerto Rico May 27 05:00 3.1 83 MAP I Felt It
    GEONET Canterbury May 27 04:52 3.1 7 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Southern California May 27 04:47 2.7 6 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northern Italy May 27 04:40 2.7 4 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northern Italy May 27 03:59 2.6 9 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Kepulauan Mentawai Region, Indonesia May 27 03:50 5.3 29 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kep. Mentawai Region, Indonesia May 27 03:50 5.3 28 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Southern Sumatra, Indonesia May 27 03:50 5.0 27 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Greece May 27 03:34 2.5 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Puerto Rico Region May 27 03:28 2.9 17 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Norwegian Sea May 27 03:19 4.3 9 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Norwegian Sea May 27 03:19 4.2 2 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Western Turkey May 27 03:14 3.0 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northern Italy May 27 02:55 3.1 2 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northern Italy May 27 02:21 2.8 2 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Eastern Turkey May 27 01:57 2.4 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Off The East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 27 01:49 4.4 25 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 27 01:49 4.3 2 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Off East Coast Of Honshu, Japan May 27 01:49 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Virgin Islands Region May 27 01:45 2.7 2 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northern Italy May 27 01:25 2.5 2 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Southern Greece May 27 00:29 2.8 5 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Western Turkey May 27 00:16 3.1 7 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Northern Italy May 27 00:08 2.7 5 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Puerto Rico Region May 27 00:04 3.1 6 MAP I Felt It

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET


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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
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    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
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    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
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    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
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    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
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    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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