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Strong quake rocks Mozambique

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Mozambique Wednesday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

BY SUSAN KIM | BALTIMORE | February 22, 2006

A 7.5-magnitude earthquake struck Mozambique Wednesday night, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Reports of damages and injuries were unclear as of Wednesday night, though eyewitnesses reported that hundreds of people fled into the streets for safety.

Some damage was reported in Beira, some 140 miles southwest of the quake's epicenter.

The quake's shallow depth increases its potential for damage, though the area around the epicenter is sparsely populated.

Initial readings on the quake estimated a magnitude of 6.9 before the magnitude was revised upward.


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