Mozambique, Malawi - 5.6 M earthquake (GDACS, USGS, National Authorities, Media) (ECHO Daily Flash of 9 March 2018)

  • An earthquake of magnitude 5.6 M at a depth of 25 km hit central Mozambique (Zambesia Province) in an area close to the border with Malawi on 8 March at 9.49 UTC. Approximately 3 million people live within a 100 km radius of the epicenter which was located 26 km northeast of Nsanje (Southern Region, Malawi).

  • USGS PAGER estimated a shaking up to "very strong" for 22 000 people and "strong" for 63 000 people. An aftershock of 5.2 M at a depth of 10 km occurred a few minutes later, approximately 10 km south of the first earthquake.

  • According to the national authorities of Malawi, several people have been slightly injured and several houses have been damaged in the area of Nyasa.