Earth Tremors Rock Zimbabwe

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Credit: USGS – Earthquake Hazards Program

At about 7:40pm tonight, most of Zimbabwe was rocked by an earth tremor due to an earthquake with a magnitude 6.5 (according to the U.S. Geological Survey, ready.gov) that occurred 131km W of Moijabana, Botswana at 17:40:15.63 UTC on Apr 3, 2017 (Today!!!). The tremors in Harare were so strong that they visibly shook housewares although we have not noted any reports of damage to property on social media or other news media.

Social media is buzzing with people’s experiences with one entertaining experience where kids ran out of the house thinking there was a ghost inside. There are many reports of people feeling and seeing windows, doors and other property shaking for about 30-40 seconds during the tremors.

One has to wonder if Zimbabwe is still safe from earthquakes as suggested by previous reports. Perhaps it’s time to start thinking about educating citizens on how to prepare and respond to earthquakes. Whatever the case is, if these tremors become a frequent experience, we may see new laws drafted to ensure that new buildings meet new regulations that will protect lives in the event of a full scale earthquake in Zimbabwe.

Ever wonder what an earthquake is in Shona and Ndebele?
1) Shona: Kudengenyeka kwenyika
2) Ndebele: Yikuzamaza komhlaba

Did you experience the tremors in your region? Which part of Zimbabwe are you in?

Source: U.S. Geological Survey – An earthquake with magnitude 6.5 occurred 132km W of Moijabana, Botswana at 17:40:18.35 UTC on Apr 3, 2017. (This event has been reviewed by a seismologist.)

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Mandy Dreyer

Never felt a thing in Rusape

Hillary Marufu

which Harare is it because I didn’t feel it and I was watching tv

Eugene Van Rensburg

Haha, it could only have been the combined force of all the shoppers jaws, as they saw the prices of food stuffs.

Angela Davidson

Venetia Bratley!!

Venetia Bratley

So weird.

Ishmael Ncube

Felt it here in Byo

Quinton DjSlim Olivier

Felt it here is harare- highlands also borrowdale and avondale felt it.

Roger Perfield

Ah it’s a sign from the God’s to knock Ebagum off his perch

Lucy Stevens

Went on for about 30 seconds in Avondale. My computer screen was shaking like crazy. I feel for those houses built on swamp lands

David Hunt

It was the European ancestors who developed Rhodesia and are disgusted at the state of the country!

Norman Ndlovu

I felt it in mbembesi, ntabazinduna but it was mild.

Beverlea Murdoch

Felt in Highlands

Wani Natalia

Nothing felt in Harare Avondale West….

Shanaz Petker

Fairly strong in bulawayo

Zimshoppingmalls
Reply to  Shanaz Petker

Any property damage in Bulawayo?

Shanaz Petker
Reply to  Shanaz Petker

I dont think there was any damage, at least none reported.

Zimshoppingmalls
Reply to  Shanaz Petker

Glad to read this. Let’s hope that’s the last of them.

Shelie Nyamayaro

l felt it in bulawayo.shook windows

Zimshoppingmalls

Shelie Nyamayaro Any property damage in Bulawayo?

Shelie Nyamayaro

not that lve heard.it wasnt that heavey

Zimshoppingmalls

Glad to read this. Let’s hope that’s the last of them.