Strongest earthquake in 11 years hits Mozambique

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A 5.5-magnitude earthquake hit on September 22, 2016 at 8:06pm (UTC) Mozambique, Africa.

The moderately-strong earthquake, which epicenter was situated at a depth of 10km, struck 483 km SE of Harare, Zimbabwe (pop: 1,543,000), and 245 km SW of Beira, Mozambique (pop: 531,000).

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Epicenter of the rare Mozambique earthquake of september 22, 2016. Map from USGS

A rare earthquake struck Mozambique, Southeast Africa, on September 22, 2016.

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Strong earthquakes are rare in Mozambique. Today’s M5.5 quake is the strongest in 11 years. Map Earthquaketrack

This is the strongest tremor in the last 11 years, when at least two Mozambicans died and 13 injured as an earthquake with a magnitude of 7.0 shook southern Africa.

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The region is seismically active but not many moderately-strong to strong quakes. Map by USGS

The previous 6 strongest quakes in Mozambique were:

M7.0 – Mozambique in 2006
M5.7 – Mozambique in 2006
M5.6 – Mozambique in 2006
M5.8 – Mozambique in 1957
M5.9 – Malawi but epicenter still in Mozambique in 1954
M6.0 – Mozambique in 1951

What is going on in the region?

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