Moderate 4.6 Earthquake Hits Kilembe, Kasese District

Moderate 4.6 Earthquake Hits Kilembe, Kasese District

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By Spy Uganda

The United States Geological Survey reported a magnitude 4.6 quake in Uganda near Kasese district few hours ago.

The earthquake hit in the morning on Sunday, March 6th, 2022, at 11:59 am local time at a shallow depth of 10 km.

“Magnitude and other quake parameters can still change in the coming hours as the agency continues to process seismic data,” says the agency.

A second report was later issued by the citizen-seismograph network of Raspberry Shake, which listed it as a magnitude 4.6 earthquake as well. 

A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 4.6.

Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.

Weak shaking might have been felt in Kilembe (pop. 7,900) located 44 km from the epicenter, Kasese (pop. 67,300) 47 km away, and Butembo (pop. 154,600) 67 km away.

Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Ibanda (pop. 31,000) located 75 km from the epicenter, Kamwenge (pop. 17,200) 80 km away, Ntungamo (pop. 16,900) 84 km away, Bundibugyo (pop. 16,900) 100 km away, and Barara (pop. 97,500) 105 km away.

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