Magnitude 7.0 - MOZAMBIQUE

2006 February 22 22:19:07 UTC

Earthquake Details

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Location21.259°S, 33.480°E
Depth11 km (6.8 miles) set by location program
Distances215 km (135 miles) SW of Beira, Mozambique
235 km (145 miles) S of Chimoio, Mozambique
530 km (330 miles) N of MAPUTO, Mozambique
990 km (610 miles) NNE of Durban, South Africa
Location Uncertaintyhorizontal +/- 8.7 km (5.4 miles); depth fixed by location program
ParametersNST=243, Nph=243, Dmin=866.2 km, Rmss=1.31 sec, Gp= 22°,
M-type=teleseismic moment magnitude (Mw), Version=S
Event IDusjlca
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  • Felt Reports

    One person killed at Espungabera, one killed at Machaze and 2 killed at Beira. Twenty-seven people injured and at least 160 buildings damaged in the Espungabera-Beira-Chimoio area. Power outages occurred at Maputo. Felt (V) at Beira, Inhambane and Maputo; (IV) at Matola. Felt (IV) at Harare and Mutare, Zimbabwe. Also felt (IV) at Louis Trichardt and Phalaborwa; (III) at Durban and Middelburg; (II) at Johannesburg and Pretoria, South Africa. Felt throughout Mozambique and eastern Zimbabwe. Felt in Swaziland and at Lobatse, Botswana and Lusaka, Zambia.

    Tectonic Summary

    The earthquake occurred near the southern end of the East African rift system. The East African rift system is a diffuse zone of crustal extension that passes through eastern Africa from Djibouti and Eritrea on the north to Malawi and Mozambique on the south and that constitutes the boundary between the Africa plate on the west and the Somalia plate on the east. At the earthquake's latitude, the Africa and Somalia plates are spreading apart at a rate of several millimeters per year. The largest earthquake to have occurred in the rift system since 1900 had a magnitude of about 7.6. Most earthquakes within the East African rift system occur as the result of either normal faulting or strike-slip faulting.

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