At least 13 people have been confirmed dead by the local authoritiesfollowing a 5.7 magnitude earthquake near Bukoba, a town in northern Tanzania yesterday (Sept. 10), reports BBC. In addition, more than two hundred people are said to be injured as the quake’s intensity saw tremors felt in parts of Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda.
The US Geographic Survey, which records earthquakes globally, described the earthquake as having a magnitude of 5.9 and a depth of 40 kilometers.
Much of the damage and many of the injuries and fatalities are believed to have been inflicted by building collapses with local authorities confirming that all fatalities were people “in brick structures.”
Earthquake measuring 5.7 hit Tanzania. A least 10 killed, 100+ wounded. Also felt in Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda & Kenya pic.twitter.com/DDPhlxFnl9
— Live From Mogadishu (@Daudoo) September 10, 2016
— Martin Ngoga (@martin_ngoga) September 11, 2016
Tanzania earthquake kills 10 and injures 192 https://t.co/kuiHZJxRDF
— Zitto Kabwe Ruyagwa (@zittokabwe) September 10, 2016
The earthquake is the first over the preceding century to hit within 100 kilometers of Bukoba, according to the US Geological Survey.