International desk – At least 13 people have been killed and more than 200 others injured after a 5.7 magnitude earthquake jolted northern Tanzania, media reports
According to BBC, the quake struck close to the border with Uganda and Rwanda near Lake Victoria.
Images posted on social media showed significant damage to buildings in Bukoba, a city of more than 70,000 people where most casualties were reported.
Tremors were felt as far away as western Kenya.
“This incident has caused a lot of damage,” Deodatus Kinawila, the district commissioner of Bukoba, said adding that the situation came under control.
“Some people have been discharged from hospital,” he added. “We don’t expect many more injuries.”
The US Geological Survey says the quake struck at a depth of 10km at 15:27 local time on Saturday.
East Africa’s Great Rift Valley runs along a geological fault line but major earthquakes there are rare. A magnitude six quake struck the Tanzanian town of Arusha, east of Bukoba, in July 2007.