Earthquake rattles Chipinge, Chimanimani


Bernard Chiketo

CHIPINGE and Chimanimani residents were jolted from their sleep by a 4.0 earthquake that rattled the seismologically active region early morning yesterday, the Daily News can report.

The moderate tremor’s epicentre was in Mozambique.
Meteorological Services Department’s seismologist Kwangwari Marimira confirmed the earthquake.

“An earthquake was felt in Chipinge, Chimanimani and surrounding areas (yesterday) March 24, 20202 at 0511 am local time. Preliminary location shows that the earthquake occurred at latitude -20.050 S and longitude 33.610E and the magnitude was determined to be 4.0. The epicentre is in Mozambique,” he said.

Marimira said officials from his department and district development coordination officers had been inundated with enquiries by concerned locals.

The official said there were no reports of injuries or damage to infrastructure.
“No reports of damage were received. However, more enquiries will be made determine its intensity in the locality and the exact areas it was felt,” he said.

Marimira said the eastern region was prone to earthquakes.

“The Zimbabwe-Mozambique eastern border area shows high earthquake activity. Most of the earthquakes that occur in this region are due to natural plate tectonics and this is attributed to the East African Rift System which extends to Mozambique.

“Manicaland is a seismically active region, evidenced by the many moderate to large earthquakes occurring each year,” he said.

The region suffered a moderate 3.9 earthquake whose epicentre hours before Cyclone Idai triggered massive landslides and flooding that claimed the lives of over 600 people in the region, with the bodies of 340 having been accounted for and another 342 still unaccounted for.

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