Earthquake in Kamanjab

14 Mar 2018 19:00pm
RUNDU, 14 MAR (NAMPA) – An earthquake measuring about 4,0 on the Richter scale was recorded approximately 80 kilometres north-west of Kamanjab in the Kunene Region on Wednesday.
The Ministry of Mines and Energy (MME) said in a statement issued Wednesday the earthquake happened at 10h34 and was recorded by three local seismic stations - Windhoek, Ariamsvlei and Aus - from the Namibian seismological network and preliminary analyses were performed on the dataset.
The ministry said the earthquake’s epicentre is located in the Kaoko Orogenic belt, which is a regional tectonic structure. The Kaoko Belt runs in a north-west trending direction and is a tectonic unit on the north-west of Namibia.
The location is one of the seismically active zones in Namibia, where earthquakes are associated with the existing fault system, said the ministry.
Since 2017, there have been reports of increased earthquake activities in the Kamanjab area, especially at Anker settlement.
(NAMPA)
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