Tanzania quake estimated to kill many, president says

Parts of Mwanza region further south also felt the quake but there was no impact, he said.

A magnitude 5.7 natural disaster struck northern Tanzania in the Lake Victoria region on Saturday, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

The tremor hit Bukoba close to the western shore of Lake Victoria and Nsunga in the northeast.

Pictures posted on social media showed residents of Bukoba gathered in the streets, with rows of wrecked buildings nearby.

Local police said hospitals have been overrun with injured people and rescue efforts are under way to help people trapped beneath the rubble of collapsed structures.

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The US Geological Survey said that the quake struck at a depth of 10km (six miles) at 15:27 local time (12:27GMT).

Eleven people reportedly died and over 100 are injured after an quake measuring 5.7 magnitudes has shaken Tanzania in East Africa.

The quake was felt as far as nearby Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Kenya, the US Geological Survey said.

Augustino Nduganda from the Tanzania Meteorological Agency said it was too early to give a detailed report.

  • Sonia Alvarado