Mozambique Earth Quake Case Study/ Febuary 24, 2017 By: Joey

Physical Geography: Mozambique is a very large area at 309,475 square miles and has jungle and open plains. It is a plateau. It is at 7000 feet above sea level at its highest point and slowly gets down to the coast of the Indian ocean. On the coast is the Indian ocean and is actually cut into two parts by the Zambezi River. On the north there is the hills and mountains and on the south there is very large fields and open with very little mountain ranges. Lake Malawi is Africa's fourth largest artificial lakes and is partially in Mozambique.

Ecosystems and Weather: It is mostly forest and jungle and has grasslands and some desert like terrain towards the north. It is a tropical climate with only two seasons the dry and wet season. Average temperatures are hot averages around 80 during the year but can go down to 55 in the rain season. Only weather patterns are that is goes from wet season to dry season. It was cyclone season when this earthquake hit Mozambique.

Culture Geography and History: There is about 25.83 million live here about 36 people per square mile. There is native traditions and still native tribes here. There culture is derived from Bantu, Swahili and Portugal traditions. Most of it residents are black African and the main language is Portugal. They have a rich christian religion here from previous European imperialism.

Major Population Centers Affected and other Features: The 2006 Mozambique earthquake occurred at 12:20 on 22 February. It had a magnitude of 7.0 on the moment magnitude scale and caused 4 deaths and 36 injuries. The epicenter was near Mac haze in Monica Province of southern Mozambique, just north of the Save River. It was the largest historical earthquake in Mozambique and the first earthquake in southern Africa to have an identified surface rupture.

Type of Living:Mozambique is a mostly rural area with 18,384,814 people living rural and 8,737,013 urban. Some other feature are a total of 294 building were damaged but only 4 people died. No events were happening around this area at the time.

Data: Event Location and date was Mozambique February 22, 2006. The magnitude was a 7.0 on the Richter scale. The depth in which it occurred was at 11 km. The seismic data was captured by Schlumberger off Mozambique coast.

Summary: This boundary is called the East African Rift and it is still an active continental plate boundary in east Africa. It is a very narrow boundary and is still developing as a divergent plate boundary. The African plate is actual splitting into two plate which is causing this. They are called the Somali Plate and the Nubian plate. The speed of this boundary is about 6-7 mm a year.

Map of recent earthquakes in this region
Tectonic setting



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