Moderate earthquake in Uganda (Lake Albert) – Many houses damaged, some destroyed

Last update: July 3, 2013 at 7:43 pm by By

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Local newspapers report, that this quake, which was also felt in Kampala, caused damage to the buildings at the lake shores. Many of them, which are mostly built from mud and wattle, suffered cracks or other damage. Some buildings collapsed. There are no reports of injuries, but many people panicked.

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.1

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-07-02 16:33:18

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-07-02 13:33:18

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 24 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Lake Albert Region, Uganda Jul 02 13:33 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It
USGS Lake Albert Region, Uganda Jul 02 13:33 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It
GEOFON Uganda Jul 02 13:33 5.1 24 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Acholi Inn, Gulu, Uganda - We were sitting in the restaurant of the Acholi Inn when we felt the earth shake back and forth, heard a rumble and saw the glass windows (loose in their sliding panes) shake back and forth for 2-3 seconds. It produced a slight rocking back and forth in my chair. It was light enough that others in the restaurant were not aware of the movement.
  • Kampala, Uganda - The house was shaking, the table I was sat at visibly shaking for several seconds.
  • Kampala - In bathroom in a 3 storied flat in Naalya estates. The mirror on the wall was rattling and so was the toilet seat where I was seated.
  • Kigali - Light shaking in the building we are at.
  • Jinja - Felt slight rocking while sitting on bed, noticed stack of plastic boxes shaking slightly.
  • Bukuya - Sitting in the office, and felt the tremmors
  • Kampala - The rocking gained momentum for 3-5 secs or so then faded away. It shook the office block.
  • Ntinda, Kampala - I was on the 2nd Floor of an office block in Ntinda a Kampala suburb leaning on tslight shake, I thought the table was collapsing, then a friend told me it was an earthquake. We experience it for some seconds.
  • Kigorobya - Sitting in a clinic and the walls and the ceiling shook for quite some time. Enough time for all five of us to assess what was happening and then run out of the building while the clinic continued to shake.
  • Gulu - I was staying in a Watoto guest house with a missionary team. I was attempting to fall asleep when the bed started shaking lasting for approximately 1 minute; a second tremor followed shortly after.

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
    Structures :
    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    People
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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