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Panic After Tremors and Aftershocks Felt in Parts of Nairobi, Mombasa

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Kenyans on Twitter reported earth tremors in parts of Nairobi and Mombasa on Wednesday evening August 12 but the Kenya Meteorological Department has yet to confirm.

This resulted from an earthquake that was experienced in Kilindoni area of Tanzania, with the U.S. Geological Survey disclosing that the earthquake had a preliminary magnitude of 5.9.

Kenyans living in parts of the capital city and the coastal area took to social media to report earth tremors around 8.15pm.

File image of Mombasa town. Source: File

Similar tremors were felt in parts of Dar Es Salaam around the same time.

Some Twitter users reported rattles in their house while others reported light shaking although the quake would not cause any damage at such distance.

According to Volcano Discovery, not many earthquakes of such size have occurred in recent history in this region as it is far from plate boundaries and major faults.

Seismic activity in East Africa is mostly related to the Eastern African Rift further to the east.

People near the epicentre reported that the quake came in two waves; first, there was “around 8 to 10 seconds of vibration and then a 2-second long shock.

A road crack that resulted from an earthquake. Source: Kenyans.co.ke

So far, there are no reports of major damage or injuries.

The tremor comes days after residents living around Lake Baringo panicked following cases of tremors as water levels rise because of ongoing downpours.

They revealed they had been experiencing tremors every night for the last two weeks.

“Our lives are at risk, something needs to be done urgently to research the causes,” Loruk resident Alex Sarit told Citizen TV‘s JKL Live on Wednesday night .

The tremors of undefined magnitude were felt by people living as far as seven kilometres from the lake.

“The size is not very large so we don’t expect a tsunami, but we expect some flooding along the coastline.” revealed UoN lecturer and seismic expert Gladys Kianji.

“If it occurred close to highly populated areas, we would expect damage to buildings if they were not constructed properly.” she added.

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