An earthquake with magnitude 4.6 occurred near Kariba, Zimbabwe at 03:05:26.10 UTC on Jan 9, 2016. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)
Population Density near epicenter (people/km2). Image area: 6×4 decimal degrees (approx. 650x450km2). SummaryThis earthquake is expected to have a low humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected population and their vulnerability.
Earthquake Magnitude 4.6M, Depth:10km09 Jan 2016 03:05:26 UTC1988381 people within 100kmWhether international humanitarian aid is needed must be decided by an expert.
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Earthquake Event Characteristics Magnitude: 4.6 MDepth: 10 km (very shallow)Source: NEIC Location (latitude/longitude): -16.0456, 28.5553Time (UTC): 09 Jan 2016 03:05:26Time (ECT): 09 Jan 2016 04:05:26 Earthquake Impact DetailsThe earthquake happened inZambia, Province of Southern (population 1,062,581). The nearest places are Chiota (9km), and Lusaka (1.2 million people , 76km).
The following vulnerable infrastructure is nearby and may be affected. The nearest hydrodams are Kafue Gorge (29km). The nearest protected areas are Chirundu Fossil Forest (15km), Ntombolole (20km), Motulanganga (20km), and Lusitu Headwaters (26km).
For logistics, the following access points are nearby. The nearest airports are Kariba (runway 5400ft, 63km), and Lilayi (63km). There are no known ports nearby.
The maximum altitude nearby is 1500m. The area has steep slopes (up to 40 percent) and may be susceptible to landslides.
The population near the earthquake is shown in the table below.
Radius Population Density (people/km2) 75 km 820000 people 46 50 km 120000 people 15 20 km 16000 people 13 10 km 2300 people 7DisclaimerWhile we try everything to ensure accuracy, this information is purely indicative and should not be used for any decision making without alternate sources of information. The JRC is not responsible for any damage or loss resulting from the use of the information presented on this website. Please refer to the GDACS website for subscribing or unsubscribing from the earthquake alert email or SMS service.
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