Ten people were killed Saturday when a 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit north- western Tanzania, police said. 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 US Geological Survey says the quake struck at a depth of 10km (six miles) at 15:27 local time (12:27 GMT). East Africa’s Great Rift Valley runs along a geological fault line but major earthquakes there are rare”This incident has caused a lot of damage,” Deodatus Kinawila, the district commissioner of Bukoba, “As we speak now, the number of injuries stands at 192 and 11 dead.
The local hospitals are full and cannot cope with the number of injured. Buildings have collapsed and people are still trapped underneath the rubble.