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Two earthquakes recorded near Sossusvlei

Two earthquakes recorded near Sossusvlei

Staff Reporter

THE Ministry of Mines and Energy confirmed the occurrence of two earthquakes that were recorded approximately 43 kilometres (km) south of Sossusvlei on Saturday.

The ministry stated that both earthquakes occurred at a shallow depth of 15km.

The first earthquake, which occurred at 5:59, registered a local magnitude (ML) of 4,3 at a latitude (Y) of -25,069° South and a longitude (X) of 15,244° East. The second earthquake, which occurred at 6:56, registered a 3,8 ML at a latitude of -25,035° and a longitude of 15,395°.

The ministry further stated that the earthquakes were recorded by all ten local seismic stations at the Namibian Seismology Network in Windhoek, Kamanjab, Opuwo, Karibib, Aus, Katima Mulilo, Rundu, Ariamsvlei, Tsumeb and Gobabis and the regional seismic stations from South Africa Seismic Network.

The public is encouraged to be alert and to take precautionary measures in case of an earthquake.

These measures include going outdoors and standing in a place that is clear from buildings, trees and power lines. If indoors, it is advisable to hide under a table for refuge and to stay away from windows and falling objects.

File photo for illustrative purposes only. Photo: Pixabay

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