5.7-magnitude Earthquake Hits Tanzania, Felt in Kenya and Uganda; 10 Dead

The earthquake struck in the north-west of the country. © rajabramadhanigmail.com1919 / Instagram
The earthquake struck in the north-west of the country. © rajabramadhanigmail.com1919 / Instagram

Ten people have died after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit northwestern Tanzania, police say.

More than 100 people were injured in the quake, which hit Kagera region on the western shore of Lake Victoria, regional police commander Augustine Ollomi said.

Widespread damage was reported following the quake, which also rocked the neighbouring regions of Mwanza, Mara and Simiyu.

The quake had its epicentre in Tanzania, according to sources at a volcanic observatory in the Congolese city of Goma, where the quake was also felt.

Augustino Nduganda from the Tanzania Meteorological Agency said it was too early to give a detailed report.

Emelensiana Benjamin from Bukoba town said houses there had cracked so badly residents were afraid to enter them.

“We fear that they might crumble any time,” she said.

SOURCE: DPA