* Six injured in northern Malawi tremors
* Earthquakes measure between 5.1 and 5.8
* Tremors ended at 1000 GMT on Monday
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BLANTYRE, Dec 7 Earth tremors hit Malawi for a
second day on Monday and police said at least six people had
been injured, two seriously, and buildings damaged in the
uranium-rich northern Karonga district.
Hundreds of people fled their homes when an earthquake first
struck on Sunday but output at Kayelekera uranium mine, owned by
Australian Paladin Energy was not affected.
"We can confirm that the tremors were felt, but did not
occasion any damage or anything of concern to mine operations.
Everything is normal," Neville Huxman, a spokesman for Paladin
Energy, told Reuters.
Exports of yellow cake are expected to earn the poor
southern African state some $200 million in 2009, according to
Finance Minister Ken Kandodo.
Authorities in Karonga are on high alert in the aftermath of
the tremors which on Sunday injured six people, two seriously,
and caused extensive damage to houses, schools and some
Karonga District Assembly Chief Executive Officer Gasten
Macheka told Reuters the district had evacuated people from
their homes for fear of a recurrence.
"We have advised them not to sleep in their houses and are
providing shelters outside our offices. We have also formed a
task force that is monitoring events," he said.
Preliminary assessments showed the damage was extensive at
Karonga Central Business District but the impact was mild in
"A lot of residential and institutional houses have been
damaged. Some have collapsed while some have developed cracks,"
Macheka said the tremors in Karonga, with a population of
about 270,000 people, started at 1930 GMT on Sunday and
continued until 1000 GMT on Monday. Residents in Mzuzu, Malawi's
third largest city about 150 km (about 95 miles) south of
Karonga, also felt them.
Karonga police spokesman Enock Levason earlier told Reuters
a woman and her child had been referred to Mzuzu Central
hospital after a wall in their house fell on them. Four other
people were being treated at a district hospital.
Director of the Malawi Geological Survey Leonard Kalindekafe
said his department had recorded 12 occurrences of tremors and
continued to monitor the situation.
The U.S. Geological Survey reported four earthquakes
measuring between 5.1 and 5.8.
In 1989, a 6.6 earthquake killed at least 9 people and
injured 100 in central Malawi and left another 50,000 homeless,
according to the USGS.
(Reporting by Frank Phiri; Editing by Angus MacSwan)