Magnitude: 5.5M
Time: 08-05-2014 T10:23:38
Country: SOUTHAFRICA

SOUTHAFRICA:ORKNEY

This earthquake was recorded at a focal depth of 5km below the ground in Southafrica on 08-05-2014 T10:23:38, where it released a sizeable amount of seismic energy and reached a magnitude of 5.5 on the richter scale. Considering this quake occurred 5km under the surface, it is best classified as a deep geologic event. Earthquake intensity was also measured using the Mercalli intensity scale which quantifies the severity of shaking felt by the quake. On a scale of 1 (barely sensed) to 12 (completely devastating), this quake had an intensity of 6. An earthquake of this magnitude would likely be causing slight damage in specially designed structures; considerable damage in ordinary substantial buildings with partial collapse. Damage would be great in poorly built structures. People could expect the dall of chimneys, factory stacks, columns, monuments, walls. Quakes can often be deadly, and this event occurred in a populated area claiming 1 souls and destroying 13 structures.
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total_houses_damaged 1433
region_code 10
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focal_depth 5
total_deaths 1
intensity 6
total_deaths_description 1
year 2014
total_houses_damaged_description 4
eq_mag_mw 5.5
id 10109
location_name SOUTHAFRICA:ORKNEY
total_damage_description 2
damage_description 2
deaths 1
eq_primary 5.5
total_houses_destroyed_description 1
time 08-05-2014 T10:23:38
latitude -26.990
houses_damaged 1433
injuries 17
houses_destroyed 13
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houses_damaged_description 4
total_injuries_description 1
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country SOUTHAFRICA
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