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Powerful Earthquake Strikes Mozambique


A major earthquake rocked Mozambique, early Thursday, shaking buildings across the southern African country. There have been no reports of injury.

The epicenter of the quake was 140-miles southwest of Mozambique's main port, Beira, where buildings shook and people fled into the streets. The effects were felt up to 1,000 kilometers away, from Bulawayo in Zimbabwe to South Africa's port city, Durban.

Rafael Abreu of the U.S. National Earthquake Information Center told VOA the quake was magnitude 7.5 and just ten kilometers below the surface. He says - although there are no reports of injury or property damage - this type of event has the capacity to cause severe damage to structures that are not built to resist major seismic events.

There is as yet no information from the sparsely populated mostly farming areas immediately surrounding the epicenter.

There have been several minor quakes in the area since 1990, but no major quakes for more than 100 years.

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