A major (Mw 7.0) earthquake occurred on 22 February 2006 at 22:19 UTC (shortly after midnight the following day in local time) in the western province of Manica in Mozambique, Southern Africa. The epicenter was located in Machaze, the southernmost district of Manica province, about 45 km due south of the district capital of Chitobe (figure 1).


The earthquake was felt throughout eastern Southern Africa but caused surprisingly little damage and a very small number of casualties.

Mozambique is not generally considered a country with significant seismic hazard, but its population is affected by many other...

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