Strong earthquake hits Rwanda

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A strong earthquake struck Rwanda and shook most of the capital Kigali Friday morning.

The tremor was  felt in neighboring Congo and Burundi. No damage or injuries have been reported.

The magnitude 5.6 earthquake hit Rwanda at 3:25 am local time (0125 GMT) this according to the United States Geological Survey.

The epicenter of the earthquake was located 35 km north of Cyangugu city in western Rwanda, occurring at a shallow depth of 10 km.

This is the second strong earthquake ever felt in Rwanda within a period of seven years.

In February 2008, an earthquake damaged up to 45 schools and health centers in western Rwanda’s district of Nyamasheke and Rusizi. 37 people died and 646 others were injured.

According to experts, earthquakes are common in the western Great Rift Valley due to the presence of a seismically active fault line which straddles western Uganda, eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania.

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