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Magnitude 5.0 quake hits Botswana, two days after large quake

by Reuters

April 5, 2017 | 9:40 am
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A magnitude 5.0 earthquake struck Botswana in the early hours of Wednesday, two days after a strong 6.5-magnitude tremor shook the southern African country, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

It said the latest quake struck at 2:55 a.m. (0055 GMT) and was centered 159 miles (255 km) north of the capital, Gaborone.

It was very shallow, only 6.2 miles (10 km), so it would have been felt more.

THE geological survey reported that it was unlikely to have caused much damage.

Monday’s quake sent shockwaves across the country, but there were no reports of casualties or damage.

NAN reports that the Botswana Geosciences Institute has dispatched a team of Geoscientists and Geophysicists to the Monday earthquake to make visual assessments of the place.

Botswana was hit by a 6.5 magnitude earthquake on Monday night, the second biggest in the history of the country.

The last time the country experienced any such quake was in 1952 when a 6.7 magnitude earthquake hit Maun in the northern part of that country.

According to reports from the National Disaster Management Office, at least 36 students from Mothamo Junior Secondary School in Moiyabana were affected by the incident, while 10 households from the village suffered some structural defects.

Moiyabana village, which is situated at least 132km west of the quake’s epicentre, was the only village reported to have felt the major brunt of the quake so far.

Of the 36 students affected, 30 were treated at the school; four were treated at the village clinic while two were referred to Sekgoma Memorial Hospital for treatment.

The earthquake was also said to have been felt in the mining town of Jwaneng where the Government Civil Centre building was said to have cracked.

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