23 February, 2006

7.5 Mozambique Earthquake Shakes Africa

The strongest earthquake to hit southern Africa in 100 years killed at least two people in northern Mozambique on Thursday and sent residents across the region frightened by strong aftershocks into the streets. The magnitude 7.5 earthquake was felt as far south as Johannesburg and Durban in South Africa.

Ian Saunders of South Africa's Council for Geosciences said the quake took place on East Africa's rift system. "It was the largest earthquake to have occurred in the rift system since 1906."
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