January 26, 2022

Matabeleland Hit By Tremors

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Milton Sasa

Parts of southern Zimbabwe were last night hit by a low magnitude 4.1 earthquake.

Tremors have over the years been generally experienced in eastern Zimbabwe which is predominantly mountainous.

Meteorological Services Department’s Head of forecasting, James Ngoma said this time the earth tremors hit areas around Bulawayo and Matobo districts.“Earth tremors occurred Tuesday evening and they were felt in areas such as Gwanda, Bulawayo metropolitan, Tsholotsho, Plumtree and other areas in that region,” Ngoma said.

There was no property damaged or fatalities reported as the tremors’ intensity was very low, thereby moderating the risk felt.“No damage has been reported so far and we continue to assess the magnitude and the actual cause,” said Ngoma.

Plate tectonics have over the years been the leading trigger of earthquakes in Zimbabwe. However the magnitude recorded has always been low intensity, with an average of six having been recorded so far.

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