(Xinhua) -- A 5.5-magnitude earthquake struck
central Mozambique near its border with Zimbabwe on Saturday,
according to a website report of the Global Disaster Alert and
The report said this earthquake, which
hit at 0537 GMT, would mainly affect the province of Manica in
Mozambique and Manicaland in Zimbabwe.
It was expected to have a medium
humanitarian impact based on the magnitude and the affected
population, said the report.
Meanwhile, the U.S. Geological Survey
put it as a very shallow earthquake with a depth of 7.6
kilometers (4.7 miles), saying that up to 21 million people
could have felt the shaking.
There was no report on damage or
injuries up to the moment.
More than 100 houses
destroyed by earthquake in central Mozambique
(Xinhua) -- A magnitude-5.5 earthquake which on
Saturday morning hit the central Mozambican province of Manica
has destroyed 108 houses, local authorities said on Sunday.
According to the Institute for
Disaster Management of Mozambique (INGC), the quake had its
epicenter in the region of Chipinge, in the neighboring
Zimbabwe, which is 30 kilometers away from the district of
Mossurize in Manica.
“These damages are preliminary data.
We are also investigating whether the houses were of precarious
or conventional construction,” Mossurize District Administrator
Fernando Samuel told reporters on Sunday.
The administrator joined the INGC
delegation that is monitoring the situation and exploring data
in other parts of the province.
“There is damage that has been caused
in other districts, we have teams on the ground doing the impact
assessment,” he said.
Earthquake injures 10, destroys 600 buildings in Mozambique
(Xinhua) -- The provincial government of Manica in
central Mozambique said on Monday that 10 people were injured
and 600 houses were destroyed in the magnitude 5.5 earthquake on
Churches and commercial facilities
were among structures destroyed in the quake, provincial
spokesman Ronaldo Naico told the press.
Authorities initially put the number
of buildings destroyed in the quake at 108.
“After the earthquake on Saturday,
eight different disaster management committees were reactivated,
some providing food and hygiene items,” said Naico.
Other teams are distributing tent kits
to families victimized by the earthquake, he said.
The tremor occurred on Saturday
morning, with its epicenter in Zimbabwe.