Sunday, February 03, 2008

African Great Lakes region hit by two earthquakes

Kigali - Dozens of people have been killed in two earthquakes in Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Hundreds of others have been injured. The authorities fear the death toll could increase as many of the victims are buried under rubble.The tremors were felt in several countries across Central Africa's Great Lakes region. Most of the victims fell in Rwanda, where the earthquake registered 5.0 on the Richter scale. A few hours earlier the earthquake in the Democratic Republic of Congo registered 6.0 on the Richter scale. The African Great Lakes region is often hit by earthquakes, as it lies on the Great Rift Valley fault line.