Earthquakes in Tanzania

In Tanzania earthquakes can be strong and cause heavy damages in a circle of dozens of kilometers. Measured against the size of the country, earthquakes occur very rarely.

28 people died since 1950 by direct consequences of earthquakes.

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Most recent events

This list includes the strongest earthquakes recorded in or around Tanzania by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) in the past 14 days. Whether an event is listed here depends largely on its magnitude, but also on its distance from inhabited areas. All data refer to the local time. This page is updated daily at 11am UTC.

  • Jun 24, 11:14 pm
    Magnitude 4.4: 18 km south-southwest of Kabare, Democratic Republic of the Congo at a depth of 10 km.

Earthquakes in Tanzania since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Tanzania happened on 10/02/2000 in the region Nkansi, Rukwa with a magnitude of 6.5 on the Richter scale.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
03/21/2019Songwe, Mbeya22 km5.51
05/25/2017Mwanza51 km4.41
09/10/2016Lake Victoria; Uganda (Rakai)41 km5.923
05/18/2002Bunda8 km5.52
10/02/2000Nkansi, Rukwa31 km6.50
05/07/1964Tanzania 6.01

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.
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