Several killed by earthquake in Tanzania -president's office

Tanzania quake

DAR ES SALAAM Several people were killed when an quake measuring 5.7 hit northwest Tanzania on Saturday, the president's office said, with a local newspaper putting the death toll at 10.

East Africa's Great Rift Valley runs along a geological fault line, but major earthquakes there are rare.

The last recorded natural disaster in Tanzania was in the town of Arusha in 2007.

Images posted in social media showed significant damage to buildings in Bukoba, a city of more than 70,000 people where most casualties were reported.

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Augustine Olomi, regional police commander for Kagera region, said the 11 people who died were in brick structures in Bukoba.

The quake occurred at a depth of 6 miles and was recorded at 3:27 p.m., local time.

Residents of the Tanzanian town of Bukoba, near the epicenter, had earlier told AFP that some houses there had caved in.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was felt in nearby Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Kenya.