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Botswana records fourth earthquake in 5 months

By Newsdesk

Barely days after Botswana recorded an earthquake that destroyed property worth millions of dollars, the country has experienced another 4.8 magnitude earthquake which has ravaged the diamond rich nation.

The earthquake which occurred at about 2:37 a.m. on Saturday in Gaborone, Botswana’s capital city and its neighbouring communities, was fourth within the last five months.

Before the earthquake, reverberation was experienced in some 10 kilometres below the surface, meaning the tremor would have felt stronger than the magnitude suggests.

The Botswana government’s spokesperson, Jeff Ramsay, confirmed earthquake that has been also felt in areas in the capital’s radius of within 200km.

He said: “The epicentre of the earthquake is the capital. However, the aftershocks of the fourth earthquake in a space of five months were felt in areas like Mahalapye, Kanye, Lobatse and Mochudi.”

Four months ago, two earthquakes measuring 6.5 and 5.0 in a space of two days, rocked the southern African nation’s central parts, just 210 kilometers north of the capital.

Last month, the United States Geological Survey international earthquake tracking centre confirmed readings of a 4.9 magnitude earthquake that hit central Botswana.

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