Earth Tremors Hit Chipinge Again

An earth tremor with a magnitude of 4.2 on the Richter scale shook Chipinge and Chimanimani in eastern Zimbabwe again at around 6:53 pm on Saturday.

This is barely two months after another quake was reported in the same area in February this year.

Online sources define an earth tremor as an earthquake, especially of low or moderate intensity.

Chipinge district meteorological officer, Lydia Masengu confirmed the quake to Masvingo Mirror saying there were no damages or injuries reported. She said:

I talked to a number of people over the phone (WhatsApp groups) who felt the earthquake. I have not received any reports of damages but we however will make more enquiries to determine its intensity and the exact areas that it was felt.

Masengu said the eastern border areas have high earthquake activities and these are caused by natural plate tectonics attributed to the East African Rift System (EARS) which extends into Mozambique.

Memory Moyo of Kopa, Chimanimani, told the publication that she was at home when she felt the vibrations at around 6 PM which lasted some 10 seconds.

Jairos Sithole of Gaza high-density suburb said at first he thought there was a haulage truck passing along a nearby road but he later realised that it could have been a tremor after his neighbours also wondered about the vibrations.

More: Masvingo Mirror

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