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Dangerous strong earthquake near Tengani, Mozambique / Malawi border – March 8, 2018

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Update 12:00 UTC: Shaking map with possible related damage from the natural disaster specialists at CATnews (Risklayer – CEDIM), Karlsruhe, Germany. Map generated by Andreas Schäfer.

Update 11:56 UTC: Main earth movement based on the current focal mechanism. Image courtesy Observatoire Geoscope
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The focal mechanism of this earthquake is “normal”, in other words the 2 sections are pulled out of each other (white towards both black parts)

Update 10:05 UTC: A strong M5.0 aftershock happened just a couple of minutes ago. Mainshock and aftershock seismogram on 1 image

Update 09:06 UTC:  shaking map of this earthquake. Theoretically only light shaking expected but we fear for stronger shaking

Update 09:05 UTC: Based on the present earthquake parameters (Magnitude, Depth, Population, etc) and our experience with earthquake damage impact, does expect at least some slight damage like cracks in walls, fallen tiles, etc.

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.5

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2018-03-08 10:49:44

GMT/UTC Time : 2018-03-08 08:49:44

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
GEOFON Malawi Mar 08 09:52 4.8 10 MAPI Felt ItINFO
  • Blz – Very weak shaking
  • Topuito, Mozambique – A slow rocking felt with doors and window blinds moving. No sound.
  • Blantyre – no property damage
  • Mpanga – Shaking lasted about 10 seconds, no property damage
  • Blantyre – Lasted 15 seconds. Very noisy. No obvious damage
  • Lunzu – heard a noise. In the house dishes rattled, the second one was about an hr later
  • Lilongwe – Weak shaking
  • Blantyre – I was in the loo when it happened. Felt like i was taking a dump on an elephants back.
  • mpanga – Light shaking
  • mulanje – I was lying on my bed…the bed was shaking the walls as well…I thought something was on the roof …I rushed outside the ground was shaking too.after maybe 30 seconds I went back inside…it happened again this time not as strong as the first one….and minutes later it happened again…fir the third living room wall hangings fell to the ground.
  • Blantyre – i was in the office then suddenly my hand started shaking as i was holding the mouse of the computer..then i could feel more on my feet..i run quickly outside i was scared
    lol,but.the second one wasn\’t that strong.
  • Harare, Zimbabwe – Light shaking
  • Chirimba – sitting on my computer when the desk started shaking. luckily no damage
  • Zomba – Moderate shaking
  • Blantyre – Moderate shaking
  • BLANTYRE – When the the earth and office building started shaking, we had to run out of the office for fear of an escalation.
  • blantyre – estava no colegio quando aconteceu todos os alunos pularam para de baixo da mesa,sentirmos grandes tremores
  • Limbe – It lasted for 20 sec. I was sticking. Could hear some noises from roof ceiling. Then saw the table shaking. Before I could realise what is happening my help girl came running saying exit the building it\’s earth quake.
  • Limbe – It lasted for 20 sec. I was sticking. Could hear some noises from roof ceiling. Then saw the table shaking. Before I could realise what is happening my help girl came running saying exit the building it\’s earth quake.
  • Blantyre – sound and desk shaking lasted about 10-15 seconds
  • Mangochi – Mi trovavo in banca a Mangochi una forte oscillazione del pavimento mi ha allertata e sono uscita all\’aperto.
    Pensavo fosse una mia immaginazione..perché all\’interno nessuno si é accorto di nulla.
  • Chemba, Mozambique – Wstrząs trwał około 15 sekund.
    To był mój pierwszy raz kiedy doznałam trzęsienia ziemi. Gotowałam obiad kiedy nagle zaczęły równo 10:50 drgać wszystkie naczynia w szafach , czułam jak cały dom się rusza, jak wszystko „chodzi” wybiegłam na dwór i wszystko na szczęście ustało.
  • Neno – The shaking lasted 10 seconds, scaring though
  • Lilongwe – about 3 sec
  • Bangula, Msanhe district – 10-15 seconds, I was sleeping and it won’t me up as it moved me back and forth on my bed, none of my free standing furniture fell down, a couple of our buildings have new cracks in them… the locals mostly got injured but running over each other to get out of buildings
  • Nchalo – Felt the shaking, but not that strong
  • Blantyre – Was in a moving car but saw people running out of buildings only to be told later that it was a tremor. Lasted not more than a minute.
  • Harare, Zimbabwe – It lasted a few seconds and felt my chair moving
  • Blantyre – Was walking in the street when I felt it
  • Blantyre – The earthquake lasted for 10-15seconds and it started at about 10:49am with light then moderate rattling of desks and office furniture. People scrambled to safety. An after shock tremor followed at 11:52am but this time it was very weak and lasted for 5seconds
  • Nsanje – Maybe 40
  • Zomba – I was working and felt the ground moving and the building, a bank shaking, it lasted almost thirty seconds and there was noise in the bank. no property was damaged. Glory to God. An aftershock followed which did not last two seconds later.
  • Larde – Sitting in containerized office and office was shaking slightly for a two to three minutes. No damage.
  • Blantyre – Felt tremor while in office and we all ran outside the building. It was exciting though
  • Zomba – Weak shaking
  • Zomba – I was in the library at chancellor college,, it lasted for approximately 20 seconds,, for a moment fear engulfed me and could see fellow students scrambling to get out of the library,, such an experience you know
  • Blantyre – Was in class, and suddenly desks, chairs and windows started shaking quite a lot.. we were not worried, in fact enjoyed the fact that an earthquake was happening?( considering it was undamaging) .. It felt like manyhuge rocks were Rollin underground
  • Blantyre – In a ward at QECH. The shaking way moderate and lasted for approximately 15 seconds. The noise was quite high, probably due to loose things in the ward.
  • USGS Nsanje, Malawi Mar 08 09:52 5.2 10 MAPI Felt It
    EMSC Mozambique Mar 08 09:52 4.8 2 MAPI Felt ItINFO
    USGS Nsanje, Malawi Mar 08 08:49 5.6 6 MAPI Felt It
    GEOFON Malawi Mar 08 08:49 5.5 10 MAPI Felt ItINFO
  • mulanje – Lasted maybe 15-20 seconds and there was light damage– large ceiling light fixtures fell and broke. The shaking was a tremor– not too violent from here but steady.
  • mulanje – Tremor lasting about 15 seconds, light damage– fallen light fixtures.
  • Blantyre – It shook the office building to we had all to rush out from the offices but reports from college of medicine which is just a few kilometers (about 1) says that some office windows have been smashed.
  • Blantyre – Light shaking
  • Blantyre – 10-15 seconds of shaking. No damage
  • Ngabu – No damage to property nor falling of loose items.
  • Mulanje – There have been two aftershocks so far– one very light and the second stonger one sent us running.
  • Blantyre – I was in my office and then i felt my legs shaking , i asked my workmates if they were feeling it too and they said yes,when i touched my desk it the shaking got stronger and thats when we realised it was an earthquake. But it stopped as we were leaving the office. It lasted about 30 seconds
  • Limbe – Lasted about 30 seconds. People ran out of the building. I felt myself shaking first before I realised it was actually the building shaking. 1 aftershock, felt slightly less, lasted 10 seconds.
  • Blantyre – The first one was a bit wek but the second one was strong and made us run from the building
  • Blantyre – I was seating on the chair in the house, suddenly I felt I was shaking when I looked at my surroundings I noted the furniture and electric appliances were shaking as well then I realised it was an earthquake. I went outside on an open ground for my safety. So far,there hasn\\\’t been any damage. The earthquake lasted less than 30 minutes.
  • Lilongwe – In a three storey building, felt the building shake for about 20 seconds. Everyone in the building felt it. There was another lighter tremor about an hour after the first one. This second one lasted about 5 – 10 seconds.
  • Bangula – For the first one I could feel the ground shaking under me outside and hear the classrooms just behind me shaking. Lasted about 30seconds. Very small damage, a small amount of plaster crumbled off on house. For the second one ground was shaking again, was a bit shorter, about 20seconds.
  • Blantyre – Rumbling sound and furniture rattling about 30 seconds.. had a school evacuation to ensure students safety
  • Limbe – I was in class and then I felt the ground shaking.At first i thought it was a truck but a few seconds in, I saw the ceiling fan shaking. Everyoe ran out
  • Zomba – Strong shaking



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    Shaking Strength *
    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) ?

    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) ?

    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) ?

    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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