A number of locations in Zimbabwe, including Harare and Bulawayo, were yesterday shaken for more than a minute by tremors from an earthquake that occurred in central Botswana which started at 7:40:15pm, almost 350 kilometres southwest of Plumtree.

There were no reports of injuries or damage last night, and intensity estimates suggested very low risk of these, although the most severely affected parts of Zimbabwe were Bulilima, Lupane, Nyamandlovu, Tsholotsho, Inyathi, Bulawayo and parts of Hwange.

According the US Geological Survey, which monitors and measures all earthquakes across the world, the earthquake had a magnitude of 6.5 and occurred at latitude 22.621°S and longitude 25.153°E and around 11,6km below the surface in an area holding very few people.

Minor earthquakes are often recorded on a yearly bases in Zimbabwe and no fatalities have ever happened.

Zimbabwe’s eastern district of Chipinge experienced earthquake in 2016.