Quake rattles Mozambique, eastern Zim

2011-07-07 07:42

Johannesburg - An earthquake measuring 4.5 on the Richter scale rocked the lower Save Valley in Mozambique and was felt in eastern Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe's Herald Online reported on Thursday.

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake struck at 12:37 on Wednesday in an area that has seen more than a dozen quakes in the last 20 years, including two very large ones in 2006 that were felt as far as Harare.

The earthquake was severe in Chipinge where panic-stricken residents scurried for cover.

No deaths or injuries were recorded.

Zimbabwe's Goetz Observatory in Bulawayo said it was still busy putting together all readings.

"It [earthquake] measured 4.5 on the Richter scale, but we are still gathering all the information from other regional stations in Mozambique and Madagascar," senior seismologist at Goetz Observatory Brassnavy Manzunzu said.

The quake originated some 25km underground in the same section of the southern end of the East African Rift Valley that saw the two largest earthquakes in decades in Southern Africa just five years ago.

  • sinvol - 2011-07-07 08:07

    Do you think somebody higher up then Robert is trying to say something?

      Jamie - 2011-07-07 09:02

      There's someone higher up than Bob ?

      shatzi - 2011-07-07 19:44

      must be the ancestors

      Karen - 2011-07-07 20:42

      "That guy with the forked tail" (sorry, can't help borrowing from JZ783) is waiting patiently! As are all of us!!

  • Tinus - 2011-07-07 08:10

    Yes, but the Goetz Observatory in Bulawayo said 'it was still busy putting together all readings' so that they can find out what was said?

      Calvin greenwood - 2011-07-07 08:15

      doom and gloom

  • Thermophage - 2011-07-07 08:16

    The rift valley extends down to there. This is no surprise at all.

  • anna - 2011-07-07 08:21

    They expect the rift valley to eventually disappear and a significant piece of Africa will break off. Obviously not in our lifetimes. Won't be surprised if these quakes have anything to do with it.

  • Collen - 2011-07-07 08:26

    I thought Africa had a hard solid layer that could resist earthquakes, I read this somewhere. Well, even so, nature prevails. Hope nobody died.

  • SuperCal - 2011-07-07 08:32

    I live 100Km from the Save....never felt a thing...funny that?

      SuperCal - 2011-07-07 08:33

      and im not rattled...News 24 must know something i dont...maybe im too dumb to feel it.

      ExRecce - 2011-07-07 08:54

      You must have a very well sprung bed??

      inyoka - 2011-07-07 11:47

  • The-Boffin - 2011-07-07 08:42

    Imagine the ''breaking news'' Quake rattles Mugabe's State House in Zimbabwe's capital city.

      shatzi - 2011-07-07 19:46

      he probably sent his goons out to beat up the opposition

  • Jou Ma - 2011-07-07 08:52

    They're not sure if a quake hit the place. Normal African towns usually look like they've been hit by a quake.

      Jan - 2011-07-07 09:13


  • ExRecce - 2011-07-07 08:53

    BwaaaHaaaa!!! America measured and released the figures even before the clowns realised what was going on......

      SuperCal - 2011-07-07 10:35

      actually before they even felt it.

  • NodrogBob - 2011-07-07 08:54

    Quite close to home!

  • Virginia - 2011-07-07 08:56

    Wow!! I am waiting for the BIG ONE that will separate SA from the rest of Africa, wouldnt that be great.

      BigMoose - 2011-07-07 09:05

      I'm waiting for the quake that separates the Western Cape from the rest of South Africa. That would really be great.

      denman - 2011-07-07 09:25

      Talk about border control :)

      Shistirrer - 2011-07-07 09:32

      No need for a quake, just put up a border post at Leeu-Gamka (Beaufort West sided with the rest of SA, so we can leave them out in the cold).

  • Jou Ma - 2011-07-07 09:00

    I believe one mudhut collapsed, and two cows ran away.

      shatzi - 2011-07-07 19:48

      and one of the hearders got stuck in a goat

  • Angry Boris - 2011-07-07 09:01

    Incredible Japan - 10 Lessons To Learn From A Grieving But Great Nation! 1. THE CALM! Not a single visual of chest-beating or wild grief. Sorrow itself has been elevated. 2. THE DIGNITY! Disciplined queues for water and groceries. Not a rough word or a crude gesture. 3. THE ABILITY! The incredible architects, for instance. Many Buildings swayed but didn't fall. 4. THE GRACE! People bought only what they needed for the present, so everybody could get something. 5. THE ORDER! No looting in shops. No honking and no overtaking on the roads. Just understanding. 6. THE SACRIFICE! Fifty workers stayed back to pump sea water in the N-reactors. How will they ever be repaid? 7. THE TENDERNESS! Restaurants cut prices. An unguarded ATM is left alone. The strong cared for the weak. 8. THE TRAINING! The old and the children, everyone knew exactly what to do. And they did just that. 9. THE MEDIA! They showed magnificent restraint in the bulletins. No silly reporters. Only calm reportage. 10. THE CONSCIENCE! When the power went off in a store, people put things back on the shelves and left quietly. ============================================================= Now ask yourself, what would have happened here in Africa ... =============================================================

      shatzi - 2011-07-07 19:48


  • Binzi - 2011-07-07 09:02

    Tsunami warning sent to Bob - panic reigns supreme as they head for higher ground

  • Bra Pat - 2011-07-07 09:02

    News24 may you pliz get news from Mozambique not the third party. The most important people affected here are moza peopl,any lives affected,any tsunami expected. We are all now misled busy talking about mugabe

      Sooth Slayer - 2011-07-07 09:10

      yeah, and the report tells us that "panic stricken residents scurried for cover..." you'd think they were there when the earthquake occured, and we all know that in the even of an earthquake, you want to be as far away from buildings as possible. i wonder where these people were scurrying for cover. This article is indeed a poor attempt at painting some silly picture of Zim and Moza. We may be poor, but we are not stupid!

      Shistirrer - 2011-07-07 09:34

      The sky is falling! The sky is falling! Let's hide under the big marula tree!

      Eunice Monkwe - 2011-07-07 16:35


  • Jan - 2011-07-07 09:06

    Yawn.... wonder what the structural damage will amount to on the mud huts?

  • BigMoose - 2011-07-07 09:06

    Senior seismologist Brassnavy Manzunzu? Brassnavy?

      Shistirrer - 2011-07-07 09:38

      Didn't even know Zim had a navy, never mind a brass one. Well, I suppose they can have a navy if they have no sea, we have a Minister of Law and Order without actually having any law and order.

  • toktokkie - 2011-07-07 09:18

    Felt nothing in Xai Xai..

  • Juddax - 2011-07-07 09:34

    Gaia is flexing her jaws for Bob... yum

  • Dickson - 2011-07-07 11:14


  • Dries - 2011-07-07 17:25

    Like a certain deputy minister or something announcing that an investigation into the cause of a lightning strike in Kwazulu Natal will take place, they seem to wait for all the evidence at below grassroots level before making a learned comment. I think it is some ancestral spirit creature moving around to say he had been neglected for too long. I have seen many strange happenings at deep and dark pools of that Save river.

  • Musaemura - 2011-07-08 09:00

    Thanks God my relatives are fine. Got worried

  • w.changes - 2011-07-22 15:25

    no one was injured.......!!! That's not a surprise....!!! There is nothing left standing that can collapse or fall over...!!!

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