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Update 09:52 UTC : Serious damage based on the BBC pictures. Based on the information of the BBC, the 2 children were killed in the Democratic Republic of Congo

Rwanda earthquake damage and BBC report

Rwanda earthquake damage and BBC report

Update 09:47 UTC : One of our readers experience reports : A child died, many people were injured and many houses were destroyed.

We are sad to report that 2 people have been killed and 5 injured due to the earthquake.

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Cyangugu, Rwanda at 26.2 km (16.3 mi) ESEPopulation: 63,883
Cibitoke, Burundi at 30.6 km (19.0 mi) NPopulation: 14,220
Bukavu, Democratic Republic of the Congo at 32.2 km (20.0 mi) ESEPopulation: 225,389
Kabare, Democratic Republic of the Congo at 37.3 km (23.2 mi) ESEPopulation: 37,034
Nzega, Rwanda at 52.1 km (32.4 mi) WSWPopulation: 33,832

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 4.9

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2016-09-23 18:11:56

GMT/UTC Time : 2016-09-23 16:11:56

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 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.
  • EMSC Burundi Sep 23 16:11 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Lake Tanganyika Region Sep 23 16:11 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It INFO




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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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