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, 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.)

21 Responses to "Earth Tremors Rock Zimbabwe"

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    Shelie Nyamayaro   April 5, 2017 at 7:56 am

    l felt it in bulawayo.shook windows

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    Shanaz Petker   April 4, 2017 at 9:28 pm

    Fairly strong in bulawayo

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      Zimshoppingmalls   April 5, 2017 at 8:05 am

      Any property damage in Bulawayo?

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      Shanaz Petker   April 5, 2017 at 8:33 am

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

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      Zimshoppingmalls   April 5, 2017 at 11:34 am

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

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    Wani Natalia   April 4, 2017 at 8:11 pm

    Nothing felt in Harare Avondale West….

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    Beverlea Murdoch   April 4, 2017 at 10:14 am

    Felt in Highlands

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    Norman Ndlovu   April 4, 2017 at 9:45 am

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

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    David Hunt   April 4, 2017 at 9:42 am

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

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    Lucy Stevens   April 4, 2017 at 6:24 am

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

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    Roger Perfield   April 3, 2017 at 8:33 pm

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

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    Quinton DjSlim Olivier   April 3, 2017 at 8:00 pm

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

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    Ishmael Ncube   April 3, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    Felt it here in Byo

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    Angela Davidson   April 3, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    Venetia Bratley!!

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    Eugene Van Rensburg   April 3, 2017 at 7:43 pm

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

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    Hillary Marufu   April 3, 2017 at 7:31 pm

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

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    Mandy Dreyer   April 3, 2017 at 7:27 pm

    Never felt a thing in Rusape


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