Earthquakes in Rwanda

In Rwanda earthquakes are moderate, but cause even slight damages to robust houses. Measured by the size of the country, earthquakes occur above average, but not excessively often.

12 people died since 1950 by direct consequences of earthquakes.

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Earthquakes in Rwanda since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Rwanda happened on 08/07/2015 in the region Bukavu with a magnitude of 5.8 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 54 km resulted in 3 deaths.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
09/23/2016Risuzi; Congo (Ukavu)1 km4.88
08/07/2015Bukavu54 km5.83
02/14/2008Gisenyi46 km4.91
01/17/2002Gisenyi29 km4.70


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.