Kenya earthquake list

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Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC – Kenya time = UTC +3
SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
USGS Galappo, Tanzania Mar 22 10:56 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Nairobi - Light tremors at 6:00am, 13th July 2016
  • wamunyu - little shaking
  • GEOFON Tanzania Mar 22 10:56 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Tanzania Mar 22 10:56 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Uganda Aug 19 22:17 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Tanzania Aug 22 17:13 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Tanzania Jun 03 09:53 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Athani, Lefakada, Greece - Every day (27 May to June 2) felt tremors from very weak-moderate/strong shaking. At night there were at least 7-10 tremors of varying degrees.
  • Nairobi - This morning at 6.30 am and again at 12.45
  • Nairobi - We have experienced tremors in Nairobi around 6.30 AM and at 12.30 PM
  • Nairobi - I am on the sixth floor of a building on Waiyaki Way in Nairobi, and 10 minutes ago (about 1255) there was a rocking shake that lasted about 10 seconds. Scary!
  • nairobi - The bed shook and woke me up and the grills on the windows vibrated.
  • Douliou - Was in the garage with my pet pig and my husband was in the living room. I heard him say something and asked what did he say and then the floor in the garage started to move all over the place. My pig jumped up scared and crying which she never did before during a quake. The floor was shaking so much so she knew something was wrong. The house was shaking all over. Our hanging lights were swaying a lot. No damage though. So glad of that.
  • Arusha - Thought my chair was dancing
  • Nairobi, westlands - Sat at a table on the 4th floor which suddenly started shaking. Scary it likely that more quakes will follow?
  • Lavington - Bed rattled and I thought my cat had jumped on the bed but it wasn't him. Lasted about 10 seconds
  • Maserani, Tanzania - Just weak/light shaking
  • Nairobi Westlands - Wayaki way - Felt tremors early this morning -shaking building woke me up furniture was rattling.
  • Wetlands, Nairobi - House rocked, bed shaking,, grills and windows rattled. Very scary and felt the house was going to come down. This was just before 6.30am 3 /6/13
  • Moshi, Tanzania - Was on the fourth floor of a building and felt a small rumble under my feet. No objects shook.
  • Parklands, Nairobi - Early monday morning after 6am,was in bed felt the shake. it remindend me of my earlier experince some years ago 2006/7?? at the same palce, though the earlier ones were much srtonger and longer.
  • mwanza - At around noon on the 3rd of June i lay in my bed watching tv,suddenly i feel the room in tremor,my bed shook from side to side for atleast 6 to 7 seconds,i live on the fourth floor so the effect was even more amplified.
  • Nairobi - Had similiar past experiences . so was okay
  • Nairobi - At about 6AM somewhere there.
  • Kisii - Shook the door, felt bed moving and ceiling shook too
  • Arusha - My chair was dancing and the aluminum partition in my office was shaking!
  • Arusha - Shaking was sufficient to make my laptop screen pivot back and forward and make my table shift slightly as though struck. Hangings were swinging for about 6-8s afterwards.
  • EMSC Tanzania Jun 03 09:53 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Tanzania Jun 03 03:24 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Nairobi City, Kenya - Experienced early morning: 3 June 2013
  • Nairobi - I was in bed this am - around 600am or 630am, I felt a weak shaking but strong enough to be felt... It did not result in furniture or objects to move. Seems no paper reported it but some colleagues also reported the same In coffee breaks
  • Nairobi - Just feel a shock
  • Nairobi - At about 6.30 am I was asleep the bed shook and woke me up, it didn't last very long ,I think less than 5 seconds
  • EMSC Tanzania Jun 03 03:24 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Tanzania Oct 14 19:11 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Arusha - I do not know the exact time of the shaking (felt while lying in bed on third floor of a hotel building) but it must have been after 9 p.m.. I was curious about whether it was an earthquake, as it was very weak, and I only found one other person who noticed it. It was felt for about 20 seconds.
  • EMSC Tanzania Oct 02 09:32 4.8 2 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Tanzania Oct 02 09:32 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Kenya Apr 17 02:01 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Nairobi, Kenya - Woke me from sleep at appox 0515 local time. I thought it was a subway passing, until I remembered that there is no subway in Kenya. My wife was up country in Embu, Kenya and felt it too.
  • Nairobi, Kenya - Weak shaking indicated
  • Nairobi @ 5.00am 16/04/2012 - Glazing in the window rattled and the bed vibrated and shook lightly this morning at 5.00am in Nairobi Tuesday 16-April-2012
  • Nairobi - Felt a small tremor just before 5.05 am. Lasted about 10 to 15 seconds. Decreasing intensity.
  • Nairobi - i thought it was an explosion
  • Kilimani, Nairobi - Just a approx. 10 sec light tremor, while in bed, window rattling, nothing really moving.
  • Rongai-Kiserian - Rongai-Kiserian/; it shook the roof of my house. thought it was an aeroplane passing but then i concluded that it must have been a tremor.
  • Runda - Light shaking indicated
  • Kitengela - Was getting dressed and he also felt the shaking. It lasted 10-15 seconds. There was an audible humming sound and the tremor seemed to move from one end of our house to the other. My sister who lives about 80Km away also felt the tremor.
  • Nairobi, South C - I live in Nairobi South C, I was having nightmares and woke up to some rattling on the window and vibrations. it was like a heavy truck was passing by my house andthen i realized there was an earth quake. As i thought of going under my bed the vibrations stopped.I checked the time and it was 5.02am.
  • Kasarani/Mwiki - The roof and the window started shaking.I was asleep but any noice at night must wake me up.the train passes close to where i stay but this one was much stronger and there was not the train noice.I noticed it was an earthquake. I woke up may wife.It took about 30sec.
  • Lavington, Nairobi - I was woken up by the vibration of windows pane and shaking of my bed at 5.01am. It was however not very strong and lasted for about 15 seconds. I knew it was a tremor immediately.
  • Nairobi - It was about 5.00am felt a slight tremor with windows rattling.and immediately knew it was tremor.
  • Kijabe Hospital - i was doing my studies,felt it at exactly 5 min past 5am on 17th April 2012 at Kijabe Mission Hospital
  • Nairobi - Vers 5 heure locale,un bruit et le lit qui bouger ....
  • Nairobi - J'habite Nairobi, et vers 5 h du matin un bruit et une secousse
  • Loresho - Slight shaking, woke me up from my sleep and moved tiny things around the room. Nothing serious
  • Nairobi - I was sitting on my porch and then suddenly BOOOMMMMMMM frum vruuuoom holy shit the ground was like left right left right and SEIZURES EVERYWHERE WOOAOAH i havent felt something like that since i was in college and tripped acid with Chad and his girlfriend holy shit and it went like a seizure, VROOOOOOOOOOMMM BUUUM BOOOM KRTSCCHCHCHH.
  • USGS Kenya Apr 17 02:01 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Lake Rudolf Region, Kenya Jan 22 21:03 5.2 40 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Kenya Jan 22 21:03 5.1 14 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Lake Rudolf Region, Kenya Jan 22 21:03 5.2 15 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT United Republic Of Tanzania, Kenya May 07 07:00 6.3 32 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT Kenya Jan 10 08:00 6.0 10 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT Kenya Jan 06 08:00 6.9 15 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT Kenya, Uganda Jul 01 08:00 5.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT United Republic Of Tanzania Jul 04 07:00 5.9 10 MAP I Felt It

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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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) ?
    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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    1. Ngainet, Bomet County. Violent earhquake reported. Also felt at Nandi hills and Kampala at 1530hrs.

    2. For the last three days there were tremours held in meru.

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