By Steve Ephraem
An earthquake hit Chipinge, Chimanimani and surrounding areas at 1853hrs on Saturday 24 April 2021.
The tremor sound was heavy that it sent shivers to many people especially those who were indoors by the time of it’s occurrence.
A report released by Ms L. Masengu of Chipinge Meteorological Office indicates that the earthquake occurred at Latitude -20.316 S and Longitude 33.086 E and the magnitude was determined to be 4.2.
“The epicentre is in Mozambique but it was widely felt in Chipinge. A number of people whom I talked to over the phone confirmed the earthquake in Chipinge town.
No reports of damages or property loss were received however more enquires would be made to determine its intensity in the locality and to determine the exact areas it was felt,” said Ms Masengu.
“The Zimbabwe-Mozambique eastern border area shows high earthquake activity. Most of the earthquakes that occur in this region are due to natural plate tectonics and this is attributed to the East African Rift System (EARS) which extends into Mozambique.
Manicaland is a seismically active region, evidenced by the many moderate to large earthquakes occurring each year,” added Masengu.
Earthquake magnitude of
2.5 to 5.4 are often felt, but only causes minor damage.