East Africa: Earthquake - Dec 2005
An earthquake measuring between 6.3- 6.8, with a depth of 10 kms in Lake Tanganyika region, occurred in the Great Lakes Region in East Africa on 5 Dec 2005. It was felt in DR Congo, Burundi, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya. (OCHA, 5 Dec 2005)
In the town of Kalémie in DR Congo's Katanga province, one person was killed and 58 houses were destroyed or damaged. (OCHA, 31 Dec 2005)
In Tanzania, Buhingu Division in Kigoma Rural District was most affected by the tremor, with 5,000 people (9.2% of the total population) reportedly affected. A total of 54 houses collapsed in 11 villages while 705 houses had cracked walls. (IFRC, 9 Mar 2007)
Most read reports
- ReliefWeb: East Africa: Earthquake - Situation Map (as of 06 Dec 2005). 6 Dec 2005
- MONUC: RDC : Kalemie secoué par un tremblement de terre. 7 Dec 2005
- OCHA: East Africa: Earthquake OCHA Situation report No. 1. 5 Dec 2005
- OCHA: Burundi Situation Report: 5 - 11 Dec 2005. 11 Dec 2005
- TNH: DRC: Relief efforts blocked in northern Katanga as fighting continues. 6 Dec 2005
Contexte humanitaire général
Les déplacements des populations se sont intensifiés durant le mois de Décembre.
At around 12H00 GMT on 5 December a strong earthquake was felt across Burundi. The epicentre was located 55km southeast of the Congolese town of Kalemie in the middle of Lake Tanganyika. The magnitude recorded at the epicentre was 6.8. This caused a structure to collapse in Makamba killing a child and badly injuring another one. Other than that no deaths or major damages were recorded.