Zimbabwe’s Meteorological Services Department (MSD) has issued a statement on the earthquake that occurred on Saturday morning. MSD said attributed the earthquake which was felt in various parts of Zimbabwe to the East African Rift System (EARS) which extends into Mozambique.
We publish the statement released by the MSD below:
We have recorded an earthquake which occurred in Manicaland on the border between Mozambique and Zimbabwe. The Earthquake was felt by some people in Chipinge, Mutare, Masvingo, Harare .The earthquake in Manicaland, South Eastern Zimbabwe occurred at 0537 UTC , wide. 0737AM Local time and the coordinates 20.644, and 32.801°E
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The magnitude and epicenter of the earthquake was determined to be about Magnitude 5.5 and the epicenter is 53km SSE of Chipinge. Zimbabwe. Most of the earthquakes occur in this region are due to natural plate tectonics and this is attributed to the East African Rift System (EARS) which extends into Mozambique. Manicaland is a seismically active region, evidenced by the many moderate to large earthquakes occurring each year.