Dar es salaam, September 11: A magnitude 5.7earthquake hit northwest Tanzania, 13 people were killed and around 203 injured. The quake was recorded at a depth of 6 miles (10km) and located 27 miles (44km) from Bukoba, close to the western shore of Lake Victoria. The quake was felt as far away as western Kenya and parts of Uganda, which share the waters of Lake Victoria. Tremors were also felt in Kigali, Rwanda.
The district commissioner of Bukoba, Deodatus Kinawila said "This incident has caused a lot of damage, for now, the situation is calm and under control."He further added "Some people have been discharged from hospital; we don't expect many more injuries." A statement from the Tanzanian president's office said that he was "shocked by reports of the earthquake that caused the death of many people, injury to others and destruction of property."
The US Geological Survey says the quake struck at a depth of 10km (six miles) at 15:27 local time on Saturday (12:27 GMT). East Africa's Great Rift Valley runs along a geological fault line but major earthquakes there are rare.
Earthquakes are fairly common in the Great Lakes region but are almost always of low intensity. A magnitude six quake struck the Tanzanian town of Arusha, east of Bukoba, in July 2007. Seismic waves from deep quakes have to travel farther to the surface, losing energy along the way, while the shaking from shallow quakes is more intense. Recent earthquakes in the area have caused secondary hazards such as landslides. The last notable quake in the region was in 2004 and measured 4.7.