A strong earthquake with a preliminary magnitude of 6.5 has struck Botswana on April 3, 2017. This is the largest earthquake ever recorded in the country. Shakings were felt across southern Africa, including South Africa, Mozambique, and Zimbabwe. The shallow earthquake struck at 7:40 p.m. local time at a depth of about 10 kilometers (6.2 miles) about 44 kilometers (27 miles) east of Gope.

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) put the preliminary magnitude of the earthquake at 6.5, making it the country’s largest earthquake ever recorded. Shaking has been felt across southern Africa, with reports of tremors being felt in the capital Gaborone and neighboring countries, including in Johannesburg and Pretoria in South Africa. Shaking has also been felt in Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Lesotho and Swaziland. READ MORE