East Africa Rift System faces earthquakes
Lusaka, Apr 8/13, ZANIS ——The Zambia government has pointed out that large a magnitude of earthquakes still continues to occur in the East Africa Rift System.
Ministry of Mines, Energy and Water Development Permanent Secretary (PS), Victor Mutambo, says the system stretches from the Red Sea through Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Malawi, Mozambique, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
Dr Mutambo said this in a speech read on his behalf by Acting Director for Geological Survey Department of Zambia, Chipilauka Mukofu, during the official opening of the four days Eastern and Southern Africa Regional Seismological workshop in Lusaka today.
The PS said in the recent past there have been some felt earthquakes within the region and some of them have been fatal in countries such as Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania and the DRC.
Dr Mutambo urged the participating groups from different countries at the workshop to continue with the production of seismological bulletins and compilation of earthquake catalogues for seismic hazard analysis.
He further added that this was in order to help in mitigating the effects of earthquakes in the region stating that one aspect in which the effects may be mitigated is through the formulation and implementation of seismic codes.
The workshop has attracted 20 participants from Zambia, Malawi, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Uganda, Tanzania and Ethiopia.