At least two people are dead and 13 injured after a 7.5-magnitude earthquake hit Mozambique, and government officials are stressing these are very preliminary numbers.
The deaths were reported in Machaze.
The quake was centered in the central Manica province, north of Maputo, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. At least three major aftershocks have hit the area in the last 12 hours, reported the USGS.
Conflicting reports of collapsed homes were filtering in on Thursday afternoon, but firm numbers were unavailable, according to relief groups.
The quake was the second largest to hit the area since 1900. It has occurred on the heels of December flooding that left 21 dead and wiped out tens of thousands of homes. Several U.S.-based faith-based disaster response groups have long-standing programs in Mozambique, and leaders of those groups reported they were trying to get in touch with local partners.
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