Oshakati — Officials of the Directorate: Geological Survey of Namibia in the Ministry of Mines and Energy said that Saturday's earthquake was the second biggest in Namibia after the 2009 tremor.
According to Bufelo Lushetile of the Geological Survey of Namibia, an earthquake of magnitude 4.5 Ml (Richter scale) struck the south of Khorixas area on Saturday at 06:44:46. In the afternoon of the day at 15:20:46, an aftershock of magnitude 3.8 MI was recorded.
"The earthquake occurred close to the biggest earthquake recorded in 2009, however this is more to the south of Khorixas about 58 km to be exact. The location using these phase readings is 20.979°S and 15.274°E, a report issued by Lushetile reads.
Meanwhile, residents of Fransfontein and Khorixas described the tremor as a scary incident.
"My house was shaking like hell. I feared it would collapse anytime. Fortunately there are no cracks on the house, but some cups on the cupboard fell to the ground and broke," Ernest Bowe of Fransfontein was quoted saying.
Other areas where the earthquake was felt include Okombahe, Omatjete, Daures Constituency and Walvisbay.
Lushitile, however, maintains that the Geological survey of Namibia is till to determine that exact areas that were affected.
"We have to carry out a grant assessment, where we will to go out on the field and talk to the people, to tell us what they experienced.
Based on that we will be able to establish the areas affected and the intensity," said Lushitile.
Last year alone five earthquakes were reported in Namibia. The tremors were reported in areas such as Tsumeb, north of Uis; areas north of Opuwo, west of Otavi and close to Mariental.
The largest earthquake ever reported in Namibia took place at nearby Uis north of Khorixas. Its magnitude was measured at 5.6 MI on the Richter scale.