Earthquakes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo there are partly large earthquakes with strengths of more than 7.0, which cause damages within a radius of over 100 kilometers. Measured against the size of the country, earthquakes occur very rarely.

78 people died since 1950 by direct consequences of earthquakes.

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Earthquakes in the Democratic Republic of the Congo since 1950

The strongest earthquake in the Democratic Republic of the Congo happened on 09/11/1992 in the region Kabalo with a magnitude of 7.0 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 26 km resulted in 8 deaths.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
02/03/2008Bukavu12 km5.938
12/05/2005Kalemie56 km6.86
10/24/2002Goma, Lwiro, Bukavu; Rwanda (Mugera, Kigali)37 km6.22
09/11/1992Kabalo26 km7.08
09/22/1960Lake Tanganyika32 km6.624


These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Several data have been summarized and translated.