5.0-magnitude quake hits 31 km NW of Rumonge, Burundi


An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.0 jolted 31 km NW of Rumonge, Burundi at 1413 GMT on Monday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter, with a depth of 9.66 km, was initially determined to be at 3.7526 degrees south latitude and 29.2563 degrees east longitude.

It’s the second earthquake to strike in Africa’s Great Lakes region today. The Burundi tremor, which struck the banks of Lake Tanganyika, came just hours after a 5.0-magnitude quake shook residents of the Liuli region of Tanzania, on the banks of Lake Nyassa, further to the south.

The lakes are part of the East African Rift, a geological zone where friction between between tectonic plates causes high seismological activity, leading to earthquakes.


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