Earthquake in the greater Gaborone region, Botswana - August 12, 2017

On April 3, the same area was hit by a very strong earthquake of M6.7. This earthquake is probably an aftershock of the mainshock.

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Based on the present earthquake parameters (Magnitude, Depth, Population, etc) and our experience with earthquake damage impact, does not expect any serious damage from this earthquake

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Botlhapatlou, Botswana, 56.3 km (35.0 mi) NNEPopulation: 1,013
Molepolole, Botswana, 95.8 km (59.6 mi) NNEPopulation: 63,248
Mochudi, Botswana, 103.2 km (64.1 mi) NNWPopulation: 36,962
Mogoditshane, Botswana, 118.0 km (73.3 mi) NPopulation: 43,394
Gaborone, Botswana, 121.6 km (75.6 mi) NPopulation: 208,411

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.8

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2017-08-12 04:37:47

GMT/UTC Time : 2017-08-12 02:37:47

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Botswana Aug 12 02:37 4.8 10 MAP
  • gaborone - Lasted about 15 seconds
  • Gaborone - Moderate shaking
  • Gaborone - Less than 30seconds. Felt like a fast train going past. None of my property was damaged
  • Gaborone - lasted 15 or so minutes. ..roof tiles and windows rattled...
  • Gaborone - 30 seconds of shacking. The windows were making a noise which woke me up
  • Gaborone - Its just took 15 seconds and i just heared some noise from rafters and dogs were budging outside.No damage done by earthquake but what i was waiting for was just the crystals from the moon but i dint see that as we were expecting .
  • GABORONE - Moderate shaking
  • Gaborone - The bed was shaking ,windows rattling
  • Gaborone - It lasted for 40 seconds..... The roofing was shaking I couldn't sleep after that because of troma
  • Gaborone - About 30 seconds. Roof rattled slightly.
  • Gaborone - Light shaking
  • gaborone - Light shaking
  • Gaborone - Felt tremor for two to three seconds
  • Mmopane - Woke up thinking it was thieves but our glass doors were shaking and we thought they would break. It lasted a good 45 seconds in our estimation. Our dogs were barking outside; and yes it was a bit rattling as we struggled to sleep afterwards.
  • Johannesburg - Short 8 second shaking at 4:20am
  • molepolole - No damage. About 3 or so seconds of vibrations in the house.
  • Gaborone - Estaba dormida y me desperto el ruido de las ventanas y puertas era como si sacudieran toda la casa I was sleeping and wakeup for the noises of the windows and doors was like somebody shaking the house
  • Lobatse - Woke up to rattling windows and shaking around 4:30am
  • Weavind Park - Felt the bed and the building shaking, heard other small items shaking/moving in house because of this. No damages, didn't monitor but lasted for a couple of seconds only
  • Molepolole - it was about 0439 windows were rattling, lasted about 15 seconds,couldnt sleep there after, no dadamage
  • Gaborone - It lasted about 5 seconds
  • Gaborone - Around 4.38 in the morning, sounded like a train going by and the dogs were barking.
  • Gaborone - It wasn't as bad as the one that hit us 4 months back... I thank God no one was hurt...
  • Kanye - I was in church in the early hours of Saturday 12 August 2017, when I felt rumbling shake. It was like a roller used in road constructions was passing by.The shaking lasted for about 15 seconds. I checked with people siting next to me and all confirmed the shaking. When i checked the time, it was 0440 hours.
  • Gaborone - i felt the bed shaking at around 4.20 for about 20 seconds and there are no damages in the house
  • GABORONE - It felt like a big train was passing, the house was shaking terribly, its kinda scary!
  • gaborone - Mild vibrations
  • EMSC Botswana Aug 12 02:37 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Gaborone - Light shaking for about 15 seconds at 2:37 No damage
  • Gaborone - Awakened by bed vibrating, can't rally say how long it had been. Nothing damaged inside or outside the house
  • Mahalapye - Lasted for about 30 seconds. Luckily we woke up quickly and could prepare ourselves just in case.
  • MAHALAPYE - Moderate shaking




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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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