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Tanzania:Rift Valley geological fault triggers Bukoba tremor
Published on 13-09-2016 - at 00:44' by Daily News

The Geological Survey of Tanzania said today Bukoba, township in Kagera Region earthquake struck at a depth of 10kilometers.

The GST said in a statement that the tremor might be triggered by the geological fault line in the Great Rift Valley since Bukoba, the quake epicenter, is near.

A magnitude 5.7 Richter scale quake, hit Bukoba on 10/09/2016 at 1527 hours, and killed at least 16 people and injured over 250, the authorities said.

The reports from the region indicated that apart from the deaths, 170 people still remained at the hospital beds fighting for their lives while 83 others were treated and discharged.

Though the actual cost of damages was yet to be established, initial official reports indicated that about 840 residential houses crumpled while 1,264 developed cracks.

The country, despite running along a geological fault line of the Great Rift Valley, major earthquakes are rare.

A magnitude 6 Richter scale quake struck the Tanzanian town of Arusha in July 2007.



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