Another earthquake off Namibian coast

05 Feb 2016 11:30am
WINDHOEK, 05 FEB (NAMPA) – Two earthquakes were recorded this week, one near Uis in the Erongo Region on Tuesday and another just a day thereafter off the Namibian coast.
The first earthquake had a magnitude of 3.7 and was recorded approximately 70 kilometres south-west of Uis.
The second was recorded at 11h04 on Wednesday. It lasted for about 10 seconds and had a magnitude of 3.9, a statement issued by the Geological Survey of Namibia said.
Three seismic stations from the Namibian seismological network recorded the event and preliminary analyses were performed on the data set.
“The event was located about 30 kilometres south-west from the 02 February event. It is possible that the two events are related and as more data is processed during the next few weeks, a clearer understanding of these two events will transpire.
“The results of further calculations and interpretations will be communicated accordingly,” the statement said.
At present, three phase readings for initial calculations were picked by the Geological Survey in Windhoek, Gobabis and Aus.
Seismic phases were picked from these stations for analysis and showed that Wednesday’s tremor was located at latitude 22.28S, longitude 14.169 E, and at a depth of 15 kilometres.
The statement further noted that Namibia is relatively stable.
“Tremors, where people feel the vibration and possible shaking of the ground, occur seldom. The crush of the earth is dynamic and evolves continuously. Tremors and earthquakes are therefore very natural but unpredictable. In the case of Namibia, the magnitudes are relatively low,” it said.
(NAMPA)
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