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EARTHQUAKE: Magnitude 4-5 at 23:25:43hrs, 27 February 2018

 in South West of Mauritius-Failure of Early Warning Systems

(Pl, Wait for Updates soon) 

A significant Earthquake of 4.0 Magnitude at 10 km Depth was recorded by the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center (ESMC) at 19:25:43 UTC (Mauritian time-23.25:43) on Tuesday 27 February 2018. The location indicated is Mauritius Region at Latitude 20.960 South and Longitude 56.540 East; that is at 80 km East of Reunion Island and 97 km South South-West of Mauritius.

The Mauritius Meteorological Services (MMS), which is mandated to monitor and to launch the Early Warning Systems (EWS), issued a Special Communique at 2.00 am on Wednesday 28 February. It is regrettable to note that the MMS has acted after more than 2 Hours, 34 Minutes and 17 Seconds of the occurrence of the Natural Calamity. This is against the basic principles and spirit of the EWS of the UNISDR, which should be on REAL-TIME Basis.

PKANHYE. 11.55 am WEDNESDAY 28 February 2018.

The Mauritius Meteorological Services released the following Special Communique at 2.00 am on 28 February 2018:

<<Special Weather Bulletin

Wed, Feb 28, 2018

Special communique issued at 02H00 on Wednesday 28 February 2018.

Earthquake Information.

An earthquake occured on 27 February 2018 at around 23H25 local time near Mauritius. 

Location : 20.9 degrees South and 56.5 degrees East.

Magnitude: 4.0

Based on historical data such earthquakes do not generate Tsunamis.

The situation is being closely monitored by the Mauritius Meteorological Services.>>


The same information was issued in the Weather Bulletin at 4.30 am on Wednesday 28 February 2018:


Supplementary information:

An earthquake of magnitude 4.0 occurred in the vicinity of Mauritius on Tuesday 27 February 2018 at around 23h25 L.T.

Location: 20.9 degrees South and 56.5 degrees East.

Based on historical data, earthquakes of such magnitude do not generate Tsunami.

The situation is being closely monitored by the Mauritius Meteorological Services.>>


Keep Watch for more soon on: 

The USGS, OVPF and MMS versions, including others.

KEEP WATCH on DUMAZILE-5th Cyclone for Season 2017-2018.

PKANHYE  Updated: 11.52 am 02 FRIDAY MARCH 2018.

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