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5.5-Magnitude earthquake hits Mozambique, Zimbabwe

MAPUTO (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 Coordination System.

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

MAPUTO (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

MAPUTO (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 Saturday.

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.

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