Deadly earthquake in DR Congo, strongly felt in Rwanda and Burundi - so far 3 dead and many injured

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Update 12:08 UTC :

Update 10:30 UTC : A third fatality has been reported in the DR Congo

Update 10:30 UTC : Several houses collapsed and people were also injured in Rwanda

Update : we have still no news of the direct epicenter area. The location of the 2 killed people is about 40 km from the epicenter. ER would have considered that a radius of 30 km would have been dangerous for injuries and damage. Sad to hear that people lost their lives during this earthquake.
The great Lakes area is an area with regular earthquakes. These earthquakes are generated by the irregular shape of the main fault who runs through the middle of the lakes. This major fault will be the reason that the eastern part of Africa will be split off from the western part in a couple of million years from now. In the meantime, the earthquakes will continue. Most of the bigger ones are happening in the middle of the lake and trigger a weakened shaking.

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42km (26mi) N of Cyangugu, Rwanda
42km (26mi) NNE of Kabare, Democratic Republic of the Congo
45km (28mi) N of Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo
46km (29mi) W of Kibuye, Rwanda
126km (78mi) W of Kigali, Rwanda

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5.8

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2015-08-07 03:25:02

GMT/UTC Time : 2015-08-07 01:25:02

Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km

Depth and Magnitude updates in the list below.

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
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 area.no 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 rien.de 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
  • USGS Kabare, Democratic Republic Of The Congo Aug 07 01:25 5.8 12 MAP
  • Buhoma - No property damage, but strong enough to wake me up and begin to head for the door before it ended.
  • Mbarara - le lit bouge ainsi que la porte de la chambre. une réplique peu après et une beaucoup plus faible un peu plus tard
  • EMSC Lac Kivu Region, Congo Aug 07 01:25 5.6 10 MAP
    GEOFON Lake Tanganyika Region Aug 07 01:25 5.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Uvira - Je viens de sentir le lit et le mur trembler. Deux fois successives. Très faibles.
  • Bujumbura - J'ai senti l'immeuble d'agiter
  • Bujumbura - je l'ai senti
  • Bujumbura - Pas de degats encore enregistrees jusqu'a present
  • Gihosha, Bujumbura - Nothing damaged

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    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.
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    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
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    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.
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