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Chipinge and Chimanimani hit by an earthquake

Chipinge and Chimanimani hit by an earthquake. The residents of the Chipinge and Chimanimani districts in the Eastern Highlands got a huge scare on Tuesday following an earthquake in the early hours of the morning. iHarare has established that an earthquake with a magnitude of 3.8 was felt in Chipinge, Chimanimani and surrounding areas at around 5 am today.

Chipinge District Meteorological officer, Lydia Masengu told The Herald that preliminary location shows that the earthquake occurred at Latitude -21.378 S and Longitude 34.657E. The magnitude was determined to be 3.8 and the epicentre is in Mozambique.

According to the United States Geological Service Agency (USGS), the quake occurred 53km south-east of the town of Chipinge, affecting parts of Zimbabwe and neighbouring Mozambique. Fortunately, there were no reports of fatalities or damage to property.

The earthquake comes a year after the region was devastated by Cyclone Idai. Idai was one of the worst tropical cyclones on record to affect Africa and the Southern Hemisphere. The long-lived storm caused catastrophic damage, and a humanitarian crisis in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Malawi leaving more than 1,300 people dead and many more missing.

Idai is the deadliest tropical cyclone recorded in the South-West Indian Ocean basin. In the Southern Hemisphere, which includes the Australian, South Pacific, and South Atlantic basins, Idai ranks as the second-deadliest tropical cyclone on record. The only system with a higher death toll is the 1973 Flores cyclone that killed 1,650 off the coast of Indonesia.[

The Zimbabwe-Mozambique eastern border area is prone to earthquakes and shows high seismic activity. In December 2018, a 5.5 magnitude earthquake hit the Chipinge and Chimanimani districts which left villagers in a state of panic and terror. Fortunately, the damage was minimum as the earthquake, affected at least 40 homesteads, destroying less strong buildings and granaries.

Source – iHarare

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