Tuesday 6 December 2016

'Many people' dead as earthquake rocks Lake Victoria region of Tanzania

Published 10/09/2016 | 17:36

Earthquake specialists measured the magnitude of the quake at 5.7
Earthquake specialists measured the magnitude of the quake at 5.7

At least 11 people have died in one Tanzanian town in the 5.7-magnitude earthquake that shook the Lake Victoria region, while the president says that many are dead.

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Augustine Olomi, regional police commander for Kagera region, said on Saturday that the 11 who died were in brick structures in Bukoba.

A statement from the Tanzanian president's office said he was "shocked by reports of the earthquake that caused the death of many people, injury to others and destruction of property".

The statement did not provide specific figures of casualties.

The quake in the Lake Victoria region and the tremors were felt as far as western Kenya and parts of Uganda, which share the waters of the lake. The quake was also felt in Kigali, Rwanda.

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