A very strong earthquake struck Botswana just a while earlier. The depth was very shallow. There is still little news I could find this early, but a shallower earthquake would definitely cause more damage. Source was http://bnonews.com/news/index.php/news/id5801
An additional Source indicated the magnitude was 6.8 and the strongest ever recorded there. http://www.express.co.uk/news/world/787427/earthquake-botswana-largest-ever-south-africa
PUBLISHED MON, APRIL 03, 2017 – 2:09PM EDT
A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 has struck Botswana, with shaking felt across southern Africa, including South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. Only few details are currently available. (more)
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The earthquake, which struck at 7:40 p.m. local time on Monday, was centered about 44 kilometers (27 miles) east of Gope, or about 229 kilometers (142 miles) northwest of Gaborone. It struck at a shallow depth of about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles).
The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) put the preliminary magnitude of the earthquake at 6.5, making it the largest earthquake on record to have struck Botswana. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) puts the preliminary magnitude at 6.7.
Shaking has been felt across southern Africa, with reports of tremors being felt in the capital Gaborone and neighboring countries, including in Johannesburg and Pretoria in South Africa. Shaking has also been felt in Zimbabwe and Mozambique.
There was no immediate word on possible damage or casualties but we’e working to gather more information.
Monday’s earthquake is the largest earthquake on record to have struck Botswana, surpassing a 5.9-magnitude earthquake that struck the same region in September 1952.
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