Tanzania Earthquake: President Says ‘Many Dead’


At least 11 people have died with many more
feared dead after a 5.7-magnitude earthquake
struck northwest Tanzania.

The quake was recorded at a depth of 6 miles
(10km), 27 miles (44km) from the northwestern
town of Bukoba and near the western shore of Lake
It was felt as far away as western Kenya and parts
of Uganda.
The 11 who were killed were in brick houses and
buildings in Bukoba, a regional police official said.
One witness, who did not give her name, told the
Associated Press: “It started really small and later
became big, and that’s when people started
running away.”

Another unnamed witness said: “I felt such a big
tremor, people were coming from this direction and
that direction, nearly bumping into each other.”
President John Magufuli’s office said in a
statement that he was “shocked by reports of the
earthquake that caused the death of many people,
injury to others and destruction of property”.
The last notable quake in the region was in 2004
and measured 4.7 on the Richter scale.


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