Earthquake shakes E. Africa

Unconfirmed reports of damage and deaths are still surfacing after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook eastern Africa Monday.

BY HEATHER MOYER | BALTIMORE | December 6, 2005


Unconfirmed reports of damage and deaths are still surfacing after a magnitude 6.8 earthquake shook eastern Africa Monday. The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) stated that the strong quake hit in the Lake Tanganyika-Congo-Tanzania region.

The USGS said the closest town to the quake's epicenter was Kalemie in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. According to the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), there are reports of unconfirmed deaths, injuries and damage to property in several villages near Kalemie. The region was already home to refugee camps full of people feeling wars in the Congo and nearby Burundi.

UN assessment teams have been dispatched to the affected areas, and the OCHA reported that there are also fears that there could be casualties in smaller towns on the eastern side of Lake Tanganyika. Officials also worry that the quake caused landslides in the region.

Residents of Nairobi, Kenya, some 600 miles from the epicenter, also reported feeling the quake. Many people evacuated buildings and high-rises when the quake started.


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