Zambia earthquake list

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Zambezi, Zambia Sep 07 18:49 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
USGS Kaputa, Zambia Apr 24 10:05 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
EMSC Zambia Nov 02 09:03 3.9 10 MAP
  • Lusaka - It was scary, at first I heard a dull humming sound usually made by large trucks, then the house began to shake, my chair with wheels began to roll according to the way the house was shaking. There was no damage, and it lasted for about 10 seconds.
  • lusaka - it just felt like someone rocking the sofa
  • lusaka - felt likesomeone rocking the sofa gentley
  • USGS Chongwe, Zambia Nov 02 09:03 3.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Zambia Jun 24 02:38 5.2 391 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Kaputa, Zambia Feb 24 00:32 5.9 26 MAP
  • Ndola - A light-to-moderate shaking that lasted quite long, possibly more than 15 seconds. No damage to report.
  • EMSC Lake Mweru Region, Congo-zambia Feb 24 00:32 5.9 30 MAP
    EMSC Zambia Jan 09 03:05 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Lusaka - Scary stuff.
  • lusaka - Well,just felt it but it left no damage.everything is just as it caught me awake though on the bed;it woke up my partner so we talked abt the experience.i was a bit scared though!but at the sametime felt lucky...i dont remembr well the last time i felt it,so its a wonderful experience.
  • Lusaka - Woken up by my wife in the early hours of Saturday, 9 Jan 2016. Weak vibrations. I could hear it more than feel it. Having experienced a much more significant (M7 +) and violent quake in Indonesia a few years ago, this one did not scare me one bit. More worried about the existing cracks that may be worsened on the the walls of our Lake Kariba hydro power dam!
  • Lusaka - Estavamos a dormir e acordamos, tudo tremia. Ja é o 2° que sinto, o 1° foi em Lisboa. Sao sempre momentos assustadores e longos!
  • Lusaka - I first heard some noise, thought it was just wind blowing eventually I felt vibrations that were accompanied by noise of things shaking in the house. The vibrations lasted between 2-3 minutes.
  • Lusaka - My wife and I were awake and the shaking began. She asked me what the sound was and I thought a truck was passing by our house. I literally opened the window to check if that was the case. Though, I would be surprised if a truck would pass by our house so early since we stay in a residential area. The sound remained for a while then stopped.
  • Lusaka - My wife and I were awake at the time for early morning prayers. As we heard the sound we wondered what it was. It sounded like a truck passing by and I literally drew the curtain to check though I would have been surprised if it was a truck as it is a residential area. Then when we realised that the sound was 'all-encompassing' we realised it was something else.
  • Lusaka - No property damage. Felt ground vibrations.
  • Lusaka - Vibration in the house started praying
  • GEOFON Zambia Jan 09 03:05 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Lusaka - Not aware of any damage
  • Lusaka - No damage of anything that I am aware of
  • Mazabuka - It was just some strong vibrations,nothing was damaged but da vibrations were so loud. It was on 9th January at 05:05 and it lasted for 2 to 3 mins.
  • Lusaka - I thought I was dreaming woke up my hubby but he didnt feel it and concluded I probably heard a truck passing. No damage to property
  • Lusaka - My wife had to wake me up and we hurried downstairs. There was A deep grumbling sound, similar to a construction vehicle (road roller) passing. Unusual as the house is 30 metres from the road. The rumbling sound did not change pitch or volume. No damage. 'It was a giant' according to our son. The last earthquake shook the house, this one did not.
  • Lusaka - Windows started rattling around 05AM,the rumbling sound and vibrations got a bit intense that we almost jumped out of bed! It eventually subsided, nothing was damaged
  • Mazabuka. - It was such a great experience But not friendly. I felt my bed moving and like the house was gona fall on me!
  • Lusaka - I was awake when it all happened. first thought it was a truck in our neighbour's yard. Then I heard then I heard our reservoir tank shaking, the house shook as well and my bed. it took bout 2-3 minutes for the vibrations to stop. It was really horrifying moment, but at the same time wonderful experience, because I have learnt about earth quakes at school in one of my courses. when I become a geologist I will go there to carry out a research.
  • USGS Nchelenge, Zambia Aug 19 22:15 5.1 15 MAP
    EMSC Lake Mweru Region, Congo-zambia Aug 19 22:15 5.0 10 MAP
    USGS Samfya, Zambia Nov 02 18:25 5.3 10 MAP
  • Mufulira - My first earth-quake
  • kalulushi - There was a loud sound, my bed started to shake then the walls, it didn't last long anf stopped
  • Ndola - some pots fell from cupboards. was light and lasted 5 secs.
  • Norco - No damage
  • Kitwe - No damage done but earthquake could clearly be felt like a strong vibration in the house even while seated on the couch
  • Luanshya - No damage
  • Chingola - Felt floor shaking and windows rattling, lasted about 10 secs.
  • GEOFON Zambia Nov 02 18:25 5.2 35 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Zambia Nov 02 18:25 5.3 10 MAP
    EMSC Zambia Jul 24 19:45 4.6 2 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Zambia Jul 24 19:45 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Mbala, Zambia Nov 01 18:36 4.1 9 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Zambia Oct 02 14:23 4.4 36 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Chipata - I am originally from California so based on my experience with earthquakes there, I had estimated to my boyfriend that it was about 4 or 4.5.
  • Chipata - Very loud noise and windows were shaking.
  • EMSC Zambia Oct 02 14:23 4.5 8 MAP I Felt It INFO

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    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) ?
    People :
    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.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    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) ?
    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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