Moderate earthquake near Accra, Ghana - June 24, 2020

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Shaking of a moderate quake was felt in most parts of Accra on late Wednesday evening. According to the United States Geological Survey the quake reached magnitude 4.0 which makes it one of the strongest earthquake in Ghana in years. The epicenter was located in the western part of the city.

Due to the vulnerability of many buildings in Accra area, does not exclude minor damage. Two minor aftershocks were felt by residents a few minutes after the mainshock.

Accra belongs to the most seismically active region in Western Africa. Multiple strong quakes (some above magnitude 6) have hit today's capital in the past. Therefore more strong destructive earthquakes can be expected in the future. However, it is impossible to say when the next strong earthquake will occur. Today's earthquake does not tell anything about coming quakes, although more small aftershocks are likely in the next days.

Following ShakeMaps shows there the earthquake was felt with which intensity. While the magnitude of an earthquake is constant, the intensity (which tells you how strong an earthquake can be felt and if damage is possible or not) varies depending on distance, geological parameters and other factors.

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4

Local Time (conversion only below land) : Unknown

GMT/UTC Time : 2020-06-24 22:53:52

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS 6 Km Nw Of Gbawe, Ghana Jun 24 22:53 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Accra - Very weak shaking
  • Shiashi - 5 seconds
  • Accra - 2 secunds like two rounds
  • Accra - Very weak shaking
  • Oyarifa - Three times in about seven minutes. Felt like a heavy train was passing outside. Building shook lightly.
  • Accra - 10 seconds twice
  • Macarty Hill - Property not damaged but it happened three times and was very scary.
  • Accra - Nous avons senti un secouce toute la rue était dehors .cela a repris trois fois .
  • Accra - Entre 22 h et 23 h 30 nous avons senti senti 3 secousses
  • Accra - Felt the shake 3 times, the first one was much stronger and lasted longer than the last 2. Live in a high rise building by a Main Street so it felt like a a very big truck with a heavy load passing the Main Street.
  • Accra - I was asleep then but felt it in my sleep.I thought it was a nightmare where thousands of people chasing me then I woke happened for the second time and my whole family come outside(10:54) just to see my neighbors gathered talking about the incident.
  • Accra - Light shaking
  • Accra - Light shaking
  • Accra - Weak shaking
  • Accra - Happened twice here.The first one was much stronger
  • Dansoman - i was in bed when i heard this shake around 10:53 the first one and in about a few seconds later a second one which was moderate but thanks to God nothing of mine damaged
  • Accra - Moderate shaking
  • Akosombo - Few steps away from the Atimpoku Bridge and there was a little cracks. Happened some few minutes to Wednesday midnight
  • Akosombo - Few steps away from the Atimpoku Bridge and there was a little cracks. Happened some few minutes to Wednesday midnight
  • Sakaman, Accra - It felt like someone had jumped on my bed with me in the dark. I jumped off the bed then went back on because i was sleepy. Then again. This time i was angry with spirits/ghosts. By the 3rd time, i was up, walking up and down my room, saying the Lord's prayer😊. I eventually slept trusting the Lord had gotten rid of the spirits for me. It did drift past my mind, as i drifted off though, that it could have been an earthquake, lol. Scared me silly.
  • Accra - 15 seconds est. Quite unexpected but the shaking was strong but don't know what exactly what was going on until the new came that it was earth quake, but I was terrified 😰
  • Ablekuma - Mo maame tw3!
  • Accra, GD-167-0257 - Moderate shaking
  • Accra - Three shakes in sequence, strong but short. The second was the stronghest.
  • Abeka lapaz - the first shake was unexpected but i felt it for 3 seconds after which a very heavy one came following by a third cool one .they all happened in less than 5 minutes
  • Accra - Strong shaking
  • Aplaku - It was like 10seconds bouncy castle we have been experiencing slight ones constantly like a flash or storm sonalways people think is the sea making sounds because we on the sea side but Wednesday own was the heavyeast we that we feel the light ones always telling people earth quake came have a big evidence
  • Accra - Woke me up. I'm a light sleeper. There was a boom! And a rumbling like an underground train passing. Then a very mild rumble moments later.
  • Accra - I felt it 3 titmes in about few seconds. No property has been damaged, but the shaking was a scary one because the entire building shoke as if it was going to colapse.
  • Accra - I was asleep when it happened I did not even feel anything till my brother came to wake me up even then I did not know that something had happened and then the third one occured will I was awake and even though I was awake, I did not feel that one either until my whole family began to scream.
  • Accra - No damaged caused. It lasted for about 3 secs. About 8 minutes intervals between the 3 tremors with 3rd one very light
  • Tema - The first shake was light but it followed a few seconds with a strong shake and then the third was a little bit strong. It was quite scary
  • Koforidua - I was outside learning when all of a sudden I felt the shaking like a heavy loaded truck passing behind my house.
  • East Legon - There was 3 shakings, each for about 5 or more seconds
  • Accra - i was in bed when the first shake came
  • Amasaman - There were 3 waves. The first sounded like vibration from thunder and lasted some 5 seconds. The second and third shook much stronger lasting about 10seconds. All 3 waves took place over a period of 5 minutes.
  • Accra - 3 times like rumbling on the ground
  • Accra - Our building shook and it felt like a bulldozer was passing right outside the house. Nothing damaged though
  • Madina - I felt it 3 times the second was stronger lasted about 3 seconds
  • Accra - Within 7minutes felt 3 tremors and the second was quite significant. visible shaking of the building.
  • Ashongman - There were 2 earth shakes, the first was stronger than the second and lasted a few seconds (about 30 seconds each). My home vibrated.
  • Accra - First time experiencing this shit, it lasted for about 3 seconds.
  • Greater Accra ,central - Light shaking
  • Accra - Felt like a heavy truck passed by the house sound and vibration combined,but, my bed felt like it was swaying lightly so I knew it wasn't a truck. like 5 min or less after felt another one, stepped out of my apartment and my flatmates were all in the hallway asking, "did you feel that?"
  • Asamankese, eastern region - It lasted for about 5
  • Amasaman - It strong but not too shake in 5 to 10 seconds,it happens twice but no damage
  • Amasaman - Not too shake in 5 to 10 seconds,it happens twice.but no damage.
  • Accra - First one I thought it is a thunder. After few minutes the second come. The whole house shook. The bed start moving with me. So scary
  • Amasman - It was not too strong,it shake in 5 to 10 seconds,it happens twice but no damage.
  • Accra - Light shaking
  • Greater Accra region - Scared
  • Accra - It happened three times for about 5 seconds, the last one being the strongest. The building shook a little but nothing was damaged.
  • Accra - 3 episodes of mild shaking, and noise.
  • Accra - Felt it twice . Few minutes apart. Each lasted about 2 seconds. I was in my couch when I felt the first one . Went outside to see what was happening. Second one happened when I came back inside.
  • Koforidua - Felt three tremors separated by some minutes. Electricity was flickering.
  • Accra - It occurred three times at several intervals. The vibration was kinda nice. Just some little shaking. You could hear the quake as the walls vibrated.
  • Madina Abokobi - I felt it around 10:57 what I realise was that the shaking came with a sound and my bed took me up and down so I was like is that the end of the world after some feel seconds or a minute then everything was ok
  • Accra haatso - Very weak shaking
  • Koforidua - I was laying down on my bed watching videos on YouTube as usual and then I felt the room shake and my head hit the upper part of the bed..if lasted about 5seconds and I could hear noise sounding like a huge truck passing by..
  • Accra - Experienced two quakes. We sat outside and the first quake we felt we blamed the dog thinking he had pulled down something on the ground. Next one was more obvious but we were not sure until our neighbour told us to get the kids out.
  • Accra - I felt it twice
  • Accra - I was lying in the the couch when it started. I thought it was thunder but i realised it was not.The couch started shaking and my dad told me it was a tremor.
  • Sakumono - Was asleep then felt the bed shaking
  • accra - i was watching a movie when i felt a vibrant shaking twice which even led to me getting some headaches
  • Accra - Weak shaking
  • Accra - Strong shaking
  • Kaneshie - First tremor moved some furniture, second tremor shook the wall of our building, our security also felt the ground shake, third tremor also alarmed us to quickly leave our building and head for the open space in our yard. I wonder do people know what to do during such tremors as most people still stayed indoors. It was scary.
  • Accra - Very strong shaking
  • Madina,Salem - I was asleep,so when it started i thought it was a dream so i woke up and realised it was an earthquake
  • Accra - The 1st one lasted 3 seconds, and felt like a big truck was passing by, which was what I thought, the second one however made it clear it was an actual earthquake way stronger than the first one, but not that strong, my entire house shook, but nothing in my compound was damaged

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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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