Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake Hits Mozambique

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Magnitude 7.5 Earthquake Hits Mozambique

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WASHINGTON - An earthquake with an estimated magnitude of 7.5 struck Mozambique, the U.S. Geological Survey said Wednesday. There was no immediate word on injuries or damages.

The quake hit at 12:19 a.m. Thursday local time. Its epicenter was 140 miles southwest of Beira, on Mozambique's Indian Ocean coast, USGS spokeswoman Clarice Ransom said. She said the initial reading had been 6.9 but was adjusted upward.

The quake was felt as far away as Durban, South Africa, and Harare, Zimbabwe.


This quake in south africa is totally unexpected by me. That area hardly had any quakes in the last 5 years. Maybe with all the quakes in the last few weeks on the atlantic ridge it affected south africa.
By YCON: posted on 23-2-2006


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MAPUTO, Mozambique - A powerful earthquake struck Mozambique early Thursday morning, shaking buildings and forcing people from hundreds of miles around to dash into the streets for safety. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

The magnitude-7.5 quake struck at 12:19 a.m. in southern Mozambique, 140 miles southwest of the coastal city of Beira, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The temblor was felt in neighboring Zimbawe and as far south as Durban, South Africa, 800 miles away.

Elias Daudi, Mozambique's national director of energy, said on state radio that authorities still do not have any information on casualties or the extent of the damage. He also urged people not to return to their buildings because of possible aftershocks.

In Berira, Tivoli Hotel manager Johana Neves said none of her guests was hurt but many tourists awoke and ran terrified from the building.

"It felt like the building was going to fall down and it went on for a long time, the trembling," she said by telephone. "It felt like you were in a boat, it was shaking everything yet, it's strange, nothing is broken, even the windows."

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Doesn't look like many were hurt or killed. There may be a few collasped buildings.
By YCON: posted on 23-2-2006

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