Update: magnitude 5.7 earthquake hits Kagera

A moderate earthquake struck Kagera region on Saturday, September 10.

A moderate earthquake struck Kagera region on Saturday, September 10. Photo: USGS

Update: 20:45 – The death toll stands at 11 and 192 injured, says Bukoba District Commissioner Deodatus Kinawila.

“This incident has caused a lot of damage,” says Kinawila, speaking to the BBC.

“Because we are still collecting the information it’s likely [the death toll will] go up. Even the number of injuries is likely to go up.”


A moderate earthquake has hit near Bukoba in Kagera region, northwestern Tanzania near the border with Uganda on Saturday, September 10.

The magnitude 5.7 earthquake’s epicenter was 44 kilometers from Bukoba, says the US Geological Survey (USGS.)

According to reports on social media, some buildings near the epicenter have been damaged by the quake.

The quake was felt in Kampala, Uganda, where people were reportedly seen evacuating from buildings in the city center.

The quake happened at 15:27 local time at a depth of 10 kilometers, says the USGS.

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