An earthquake has struck central Mozambique on Saturday morning. According to media reports the magnitude 5.8 quake impacted the towns of Dondo and Tica.
Residents of Beira, the second biggest city in the country, also confirmed having felt and heard a loud vibration this morning. The United States’ Geological Survey confirmed the incident.
It is the fourth earthquake to hit the southern African country over an 11 year period. No damages have been reported.
Mozambique hit by an earthquake. Tremors felt in Mutate. pic.twitter.com/VPnVyfWmTq— Privilege Musvanhiri (@Musvanhiri) June 24, 2017
The most recent earthquake that hit the southern Africa region was in February when a magnitude 5.7 earthquake struck northern Zambia specifically the southern area of Lake Tanganyika.
The USGS confirmed that it could be felt across the lake in Tanzania and to the north in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo. It was, however, considered as shallow due to its depth of only 6.2 miles (10 kilometres).
Preceding that, an earthquake had killed six people in the DRC’s Bakavu region whiles another one struck north-west Tanzania in September 2016 killing 19, damaging properties and rendering hundreds homeless.
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