Important historic earthquakes in Rwanda

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this country can be found at the bottom of this page.

Earthquakes Rwanda Click on this image to watch it in full size - Data courtesy NOAA Natural Hazards database own DAMAGE OVERVIEW LISTS : 20132014
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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Rwanda Dec 05 00:22 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • bujumbura - J'ai senti des secousses à partir du 5ème étage
  • USGS Cyangugu, Rwanda Oct 24 23:30 4.7 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Rwanda Oct 24 23:30 4.7 9 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Cyangugu, Rwanda Sep 23 16:11 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • bucarest - 5th floor shook well
  • Odessa - Nothing
  • Varna - Geen zichtbare beschadigingen. Lagen te schudden in bed. Werden er wakker van 02.00 AM. Licht schudden.
  • Suceava - It was strong. 9th floor
  • Chişinău - 4th floor, the shaking was pretty bad. Looks like all the neighbours are outside.A plushie fell from the shelf and scared the crap out of me, stay safe.
  • Kigali - It was weak where I were, no damage to report
  • Straseni - We lagen te slapen het leek eert of er een zware vrachtauto de straat in reed.maar ik hoorde geen motor en toen hevig schudden mijn collega was ondertussen ook wakker seconde lang en toen bleef het zacht schudden nog even aanhouden en ebte weg.
  • Cyangugu - A child died, many people were injured and many houses were destroyed.
  • Kiev - Obolon district, 8th floor , Heros of Stalingrad. Horizontal shaking for about a minute, sound of water falling which was in fact fragments of bricks from the floors above
  • Lyulyakovo - I was lying in my bed when I felt it start to shake slightly, it felt like a thunderstorm but in the earth instead of the sky. It only lasted a split second but my animals reacted by crying(I have dogs)Luckily there was no damage as we are so far from the epicentre.
  • Nyamata - No damage - tremor over very quickly.
  • USGS Cyangugu, Rwanda Aug 07 01:28 5.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Kigali - Felt the sound and vibration like a passing train, loud outcry of wild birds on the trees, at 3:25am local time and a weaker one 2-3 minutes after.
  • Lake Kivu - Scary but we are in an isolated place by the lake and there's little around us. Two earthquakes, the first strong and longer and the second lighter
  • Huye - 7/8/015 around 03:30 am. It was amazing to feel my bed"dancing". If wake up and realized that it was the whole building that was shaking. It happened 2 times.I was caught by fear! It lasted around 10 to 20sec. I didn't find time to run away!
  • Kigali - strong shaking, no damage here.
  • Kigali - 01:45 utc werd al schuddend gewekt in mijn hotel, niet wetend dat ik hier in een gebied zit dat het bekend staat om aardbevingen. voel nu nog af en te schommelingen 01:52 utc.
  • Kigali - 1st wave was light caused light shaking 2nd wave was weak caused weak shaking
  • Kigali - There is no damaged but was making house up and down then for a moment, it makes many people to leave houses
  • Kigali - Lit et chambres en forts mouvements cette nuit vers 3h30 du matin...cris d oiseaux affolles...
  • Kigali - Lit et chambre en secousses vers 3h30 du matin...Cris d oiseaux affolles à l exterieur...
  • Kigali - Houses shakes strongly for almost 30 seconds Best regards Bhenda NkuruNziza
  • Huye - At first it was so strong and took about 2', after 3' it came back weak and took about 10 seconds. My first ever terrifying earthquake coz am 28.
  • Kigali - 3 tremors weakening respectively in the Kigali International Airport damage reported yet
  • Kigali - No damage. Woken up at 3:25 am local time by two large tremors a few minutes apart.
  • Kigali - Felt two shakes, first one stronger than the second one.
  • Kigali - Around 3:30 am the shaking woke us up. A few minutes later there was an aftershock.
  • kicukiro - Je dormais paisiblement quand soudain j'ai senti mon lit trembler. Je me suis réveillée et j'ai senti les memes vibrations à l'exterieur. Quelques minutes plus tard cela a recommencer...
  • Ruhengeri - Sleepers awakened,objects upset.nothing special on buildings
  • Kigali - Felt two times... It was heavily shaking.. We were in deep sleep in first floor.. Suddenly went out
  • Kigali - Ohhhhh mon Dieu... C t trop fort mais violent thx God
  • Kigali - Felt 3 earthquakes just after 3am The first lasted for 45 seconds and the second 2 were shorter
  • Kigali - Moderate shaking with out any damage
  • Musanze - It was like the whole world moved I had to wake up which doesn't happen often
  • Kigale - I felt it twice, thE first stronger that the second one.
  • kigali - No damage but woken up at 3.36am
  • Kigali - Shaking strong enough to rouse me from a deep sleep and wake others in the guest house where I am lodged in first quake. Later a smaller, shorter and much less noticeable quake.
  • Karongi - I felt the first tremor (MMI IV) at 3.27am local time. It lasted for about 45-seconds. The second tremor (MMI IV), of almost the same strength, hit at 3.30am and lasted 30-seconds. The third (MMI II) hit at 3.52am and lasted about 10-seconds.
  • Kigali - Doors and windows rattled.
  • Kigali - I woke up by the shivering. I realized it was un earthquake as the vibrations were in the whole house
  • Kigali - X
  • Kigali - No damage. Three tremors were felt. One long one and two after shocks.
  • Kigali - Pas de degats
  • Musanze - Felt a long period of our bed shaking and windows rattling, followed by a short aftershock a few minutes later and another some time after that.
  • Kigali - First one lasted longer, woke me up enough to get out of bed.
  • Rwamagana - no damaged but during earthquake we all get out to avoid being damaged
  • Kigali - Woke up to two shakes, no damage
  • Kigali - No damage. Felt the 1st one at.3:26 (for around 30 secs) and the 2nd one at 3:29. At the 1st one electricity power was cut off.
  • Muhanga - Pas de domages, j'ai senti les secousses à quelques minutes d'intervalle
  • Kigali - No damage. First was stronger than the second. Building self-evacuated
  • Nyundo - Woke up feeling the shaking twice around 3:30am. Was a little nervous it was the volcano. 😉 American citizen, resident of Rwanda.
  • Kigali - Woke up to slight shaking. Other people in the house said they felt three tremors
  • Kigali - Felt the first one at exactly 03:26 then a second one shortly after 2 mins and a Third onewhic was a weak. The first was stronger and lasted longer. No damages.
  • Kicukiro- Kigali - Was a very serious earthquake I felt 3 times this night in kicukiro area, Kigali, Rwanda.
  • Gacuriro - I woke up cause my bed was shaking and the doors were rattling.
  • Ruhango - I felt it 2 times, the first time was at 3:28am and it was strong but the second was not strong around 3:32
  • Kigali - First one Strong shaking almost running from the house,2nd minor and wasn't sure there will be no third one.
  • Kigali - Extremely shaking
  • Kigali - we woke up from the noise the roof was making and our bed shaking. felt three shocks in total.
  • Butare - I was awakened by my bed movements, and the house shaking in the ceiling. I quickly understood it was an earthquake. I woke up, looked through the window, and found everything in the village was calm. Suddenly, there was a power cut, but the electricity was back five minutes later. There were about three aftershocks, before everything was normal again. Media report three children died in DR Congo (2 children died when their house fell on them in their sleep, et one police officer Bukavu Airport)
  • Kigali - First shaking at 3:25 or so. Roof was rattling and walls too. Felt like something big had landed on roof or something was pushing the house. Neighborhood dogs barking. Having lived in SF, I suspected earthquake, so went outside, but it was over already (maybe 30 sec). Dog was running around and it birds were chirping. I must have animal on the roof because it kept moving up there. 4 minutes later, second one, felt very similar, but probably shorter. Was a bit scary actually.
  • Kibuye - About 3:30 in the morning here, I woke to a slight shaking of my bed and building on the edge of Lake Kivu. It was The first earthquake I have experienced so I wasn't sure what it was, I was like is this a massage in my bed, but when I finally woke up clearly to find out it was an earthquake, it was over. Woke my family and neighbors as well. Very strange, no damage
  • EMSC Rwanda Nov 20 16:23 4.9 15 MAP
  • Bihanga district of ibanda - i was in my 19:24(7:24 pm),i felt the desk under my pc start to shake very strong,and outside i listened the sound of the hearth quake spread around the hills!
  • Wakiso, Uganda - Sitting at my desk. My chair began shaking. I heard my wooden bookcase creak and saw movement in normally stationary objects.
  • Byumba, Rwanda - Moderate shaking here
  • Kampala, Uganda - at around 1930 this evening i felt the chair i was sitting on moving slightly and the door banged for about 10 seconds.
  • Byumba, Rwanda - I was sitting on the couch and my door started shaking, like someone was knocking really hard and then I notices everything lasted for about 5 seconds maybe.
  • Kampala Uganda - Felt shaking and heard foundation cracking in large hotel downtown Nakasero (Central Kampala). Shaking lasted about one minute
  • Kampala - Light shaking
  • Kampala - I was just laying on bed, reading with laptop! and wow I thought something strange, may be a dog or something shaking my bed but it was earthquake,from Nakasero, Kampala, Uganda
  • Nkwenda, Kanungu, Uganda - Moderate shaking
  • Bukoto, Kampala - 10 seconds of shaking. Was on my bed and felt it moving, then noticed items hanging on the door moving around, and as I stood up could feel the floor shaking!
  • Lubowa - While sitting on the couch I felt a light shaking for about a minute. I thought my husband was shaking the couch and he thought I was shaking the couch. Then we noticed that the chain on a lamp was swinging slightly.
  • Kigali, Rwanda - Lasted about 45 seconds and shook the bed enough to notice. Just some light shaking though.
  • Kigali, Rwanda - My table and chairs were shaking, felt like a set of massive trucks drove by, lasted for about 5-7 seconds.
  • Kigali - On bus during afternoon quake but felt aftershock around 630pm
  • KIGALI - The shaking was up to 10 seconds and was weak.
  • KIGALI - Light shaking
  • Luwero, Kampala - At 19:15, while seated in a heavy sofa chair, I felt it shaking and saw near by stationary objects including a T.V stand shake for about 20 sec. It was weaker than the one I last felt in 2007.
  • Kigali - Around 18:30 local time, noticable shakes, strong but relatively short.
  • Kisasi, Kampala - I was watching tv an suddenly sofa moved or started shaking, I can't explain that feeling, curtains moved too like there was a breeze...Scary!
  • Bukoto - Table fan started shaking.Myself on sofa and my daughter were shaken.My wife was in prayer hall she screamed earthquake.the cradle stated moving on its own for some time
  • Bukoto - Moderate shaking here in Bukoto
  • Unknown - I was in on the fifth floor of an apartment building in Kigali, Rwanda and felt strong shaking for about 30-45 seconds around 6:30 pm on Nov 20, 2012
  • Musanze, Rwanda - Last night around dinner time (approx.) 19:00 local time, we heard rumbling like a strong wind and felt light shaking that lasted about 10 seconds.
  • Lubowa, Kampala - Nov 20th, about 19h30, felt building moving, furniture and windows shaking for about 30 seconds.
  • Kampala, Uganda - Felt shaking in SE Kampala on 3rd floor of small apartment building.
  • Kigali, Rwanda - the shaking occurred around 18:30 p.m. on November 20. I was in the center of town, in the Chadel Building. My family in Nyatutarama reported two tremors.
  • Kampala - While in my apartment in Kampala the building shook and a heavy Wall unit starting rocking with the building windows vibrating.
  • Kampala, Kabira - 20 November 19H30 during 15 secondes
  • Kigali - It started slowly (very lightly) and went strong for about 5seconds. The whole lenghth of the earthquake may be from 30seconds to 1 minute. We could see walls shaking for like 2seconds!
  • Kigali, Rwanda - Was in the hotel room and the bed began shaking (in fact all the building). May be for 15 sec. Then I went to the terrace and doors kept shaking a little bit more. Felt completely impotent and vulnerable. Next time I'll remember you'd better get under furniture. Even if useless, it can keep your mind busy instead of paniquing.
  • Ntinda - Funny thing. This is the second one I have felt. Was sitting in the same exact position I was in when I felt one even more powerful but much shorter (about 3 secs). Been wondering what it was until yesterday at 19.23. This time with 2 people present and this lasted longer. Worrysome that no one felt the one from about 2-3 months ago that felt like a canon but lasted a scary 3 seconds or less.
  • KAMPALA - Was on 3rd floor of office block around 7:30pm. Could feel shaking for around 1 minute, and hearing partitions of building shifting relative to floors
  • James Daniell CATDAT Rwanda Mar 08 08:00 6.1 10 MAP

    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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