Lonely Planet Writer

Rwanda struck by high magnitude earthquake

On Friday morning a 5.6 magnitude earthquake struck Rwanda. The United States Geological Survey recorded that the quake hit at 3.25am local time (1.25 GMT).

The city of Kigali, Rwanda.
The city of Kigali, Rwanda. Image by lucianf / CC BY 2.0

The country’s capital Kigali was severely shaken by the strong quake, the epicentre of which was believed to be around 35km north of Cyangugu city, western Rwanda. Experts said the Great Rift Valley is a high risk zone for earthquakes as it sits on top of a fault line which stretches from western Uganda, through Rwanda, Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Read more: iol.co.za