Earth Tremor Hits Parts of Kenya

  • Kenya experienced earth tremors on Sunday at around 7:22 pm.

    The tremor was felt in several counties including Mombasa, Nyeri, Makueni, Kiambu, and Nairobi.

    Several other countries including Indonesia and Spain experienced similar earthquakes (with a magnitude of 4.2 and a depth of 40.0 km for Spain).

    The Kenya meteorological department confirmed that the tremor was caused by a light earthquake of magnitude 4.8 on the Richter scale experienced in South Eastern Kenya with its epicenter in Wundanyi, Taita-Taveta County.

    The depth of the 7:21 pm incident was 9.54km.

    ​ A screengrab of an earthquake monitoring app ​

    Speaking to Citizen TV, Mwatate MCA Christopher Mwanbingu disclosed that there were no casualties in his ward.

    The met department further confirmed that a tremor hits some parts of Kenya but didn't cause major damage.

    "There is no damage expected for a minor #earthquake of magnitude between 4-4.9 on the Richter scale. Residents at the Coast are urged not to panic as the epicentre was not from the ocean, but from land hence cannot cause a #Tsunami," the department assured.

    Dr. Daniel Gichangi from the University of Nairobi (UoN) explained that a tsunami was unlikely because the geology of the Kenyan coast is not like other areas.

    Kenyans took to social media to share the sentiments on the earth tremor:

    ​ A screengrab of an earthquake monitoring app ​