‘Botswana earthquake a warning to Zim’

The Meteorological Service Department says the 6,5 magnitude earthquake that struck Botswana and spread to some parts of the region including South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe on Monday evening should serve as a warning to the country that Zimbabwe is not safe from earthquake hazards.

Aftershocks of the earthquake which had its epicentre near Kalahari Desert, some 300 kms from the Zimbabwean border continue to be recorded.

Reports from the Meteorological Services Department indicate that South Africa felt the tremors of a the earthquake this Tuesday.

Zimbabwe experienced the shacking of the ground and movement of some property last night, with the social media being inundated as people expressed their experiences.

In Zimbabwe, parts of Plumtree, Gwanda, Hwange and Victoria Falls were most affected.

Seismic Analyst in the Meteorological Services Department, Mr Anesu Chibi said the quake which is the biggest to be recorded in Botswana should serve as a warning to the country as Botswana was not considered an earthquake prone zone, adding that chances of aftershocks destroying property cannot be ruled out yet.

Mr Chibi said the Meteorological Department will continue to monitor the aftershocks trend being experienced across the region using the earthquake detection equipment which is interlinked to the regional centres.

The official figures of people injured and infrastructural damage is still to be compiled.

Zimbabwe has four functional earthquake detecting machines in Bulawayo, Matopo, Karoi and Chipinge.

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