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DRC: Strong earthquake rocks South Kivu

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NAIROBI, 20 March (IRIN) - A strong earthquake rocked eastern Congo, as well as western Rwanda and Tanzania, the Goma Volcano Observatory in eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo reported.
"We can confirm that the quake was definitely located in South Kivu [Province]," it said.

It did not state the strength of the quake but reported that it was seeking additional information from the seismic station at Lwiro, roughly 60 km northwest of Bukavu, South Kivu.

On 27 February, scientists at the observatory reported that seismic activity was increasing "very fast" on Mt Nyamuragira, some 200 km north of Bukavu. The mountain erupted in 2001 without causing casualties. However, nearby Mt Nyiragongo erupted on 17 January 2002, prompting up to 350,000 people to flee Goma.

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