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Earthquakes in Rwanda

In Rwanda, earthquakes are moderate, but cause even slight damages to robust houses. Due to the special tectonic situation of the country, there are more earthquakes than average.

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 Bukavu region 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.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
05/25/2021Rubavu; Congo10 km4.70
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. Data have been summarized and translated.
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