Earthquakes jolt East Africa: USGS
NAIROBI (Reuters) - A strong earthquake hit East Africa on
Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) said, the second
quake since Saturday.
The USGS said on its Web site a magnitude 5.2 quake struck
northern Tanzania, 85 km (55 miles) northwest of Arusha.
The tremors could be felt up to 180 km (110 miles) away in
the Kenyan capital Nairobi where residential and high rise
buildings shook gently for several minutes.
"There was a small one, then half an hour later there was a
big one. The bed and the walls were shaking," a Reuters witness
said of the early morning quake.
According to the USGS another magnitude 5.2 quake hit the
region on Saturday.
Kenya and Tanzania lie along the geologically active Great
The latest quakes revived July fears when panicked workers
emptied high rise buildings after several tremors struck
Nairobi over five days.
The government blamed the successive July quakes on
stirring underneath Ol Donyo Lengai, an active volcano 240 km
(150 miles) southwest of Nairobi in Tanzania.
Kenyan geologists could not immediately be reached to
confirm the epicenter of the weekend quakes.
The last time a major quake struck the region was December
Original article: Reuters