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Earth Tremors Reported Across Several Counties In Kenya

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Earth tremors were felt countrywide this evening at around 7.20 pm.

The tremors were reported first in Nairobi, Kiambu, Machakos, Mombasa, Nyeri, Makueni counties.

According to the USGS, an earthquake hazard programme, the earth tremor was measured at a magnitude of 4.8 and a depth of  9km in Wundanyi which was the epicentre.

Today, a 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit off the coast of North Maluku province in eastern Indonesia Sunday, US seismologists said, but no tsunami warning was issued. Three countries were affected which include Colombia, Ecuador, and Panama.

An earth tremor is an earthquake especially of low or moderate intensity.

As a precaution, those in/around coastal Kenya (Mombasa, Kikifi, Malindi, Lamu, Diani) have been advised to seek higher ground and leave low lying areas near the beach.

The meteorological department has confirmed the tremor, saying that there is no need to panic as the epicentre was not from the ocean, but from the land hence cannot cause a tsunami.

Read: Baringo Residents Living In Fear As Earth Tremors Hit Them For A Week

In case it happens in a higher magnitude and from the sea level, a tsunami may be experienced.

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Francis Muli

Written by Francis Muli

Senior reporter at Kahawa Tungu, Muli has a passion for human interest stories. He believes in unearthing societal rots that have been hidden from the public eye. He has also carved himself a niche in writing business stories. He has worked for various organisations including Kenya Television Service, Business Today among others. Follow him on Twitter @FmuliKE.

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