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The earth trembled, early this evening, in the capital of the country and in the city of Chimoio.
Due to the scare, residents had to leave their apartments in Maputo and go down to the street in an attempt to find a safe place.
According to Enoque Ismael, a resident in Maputo’s ‘Bairro Central’ neighbourhood, when they noticed the tremor, people shouted and went outside to the street, to exchange information. Another resident in the same neighbourhood, Carmen, said that when it all began, she was in her bedroom, watching television, and suddenly felt the bed moving. “I looked at the closet and it was moving too.I thought I was getting sick. I got up and heard the neighbours running down the hall.Then I went out and saw that my neighbours were in a panic. People ran and went downstairs, ” she explained.
According to witnesses, the incident lasted for about two minutes, at around 7:50 p.m. and, up until now, people are still downstairs, outside their buildings, trying to understand what really happened.
Áurea, one of the residents, says she was at home when she felt the tremor. At the same time, she also heard her neighbour screaming. And it was then that she suddenly concluded that the earth was in deed trembling, in the centre of Maputo, along Vladimir Lenine Avenue.
The episode also affected the city of Chimoio in Manica. Mr. Cesar, a resident of Chimoio, says that he realised the tremor when he heard the dogs barking. “Then, my wife and I tried to understand what was happening. It was the earthquake. “
The National Institute of Mines (INAMI) confirmed in a press release that the country recorded a 6.8 Richter scale earthquake, whose epicentre was in Ghanzi, Botswana.
There is no record of material damages for the time being, and the situation is now back to normal.Source: O País