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5.7 Earthquake kills 11 in Bukoba at Uganda-Tanzania border

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5.7 Earthquake kills 11 in Bukoba at Uganda-Tanzania border

Red star shows Epicentre of the Earthquake at Bukoba

Red star shows Epicentre of the Earthquake at Bukoba on Tanzania-Uganda border

A powerful earthquake (measuring 5.7mb) has shaken parks around Lake Victoria and left at least ten people dead and over 100 injured in Bukoba region of Tanzania near the border with Uganda. The European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) has revealed.

The 5.7 magnitude earthquake had its epicentre at Bukoba although tremors were felt as far as Uganda’s capital Kampala. The tremors that shook Kampala during working hours on Saturday, > caused panic in Kampala central business district as people rushed to leave storeyed buildings.

Media reports indicate that the epicentre happened just six miles beneath the surface which according to the scientists, was the cause of the many deaths as well as the damage to buildings. The EMSC says Kampala’s tremors were a little deeper at around 10kms underneath the Earth’s surface.

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