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5.7-magnitude quake strikes Africa's Lake Tanganyika region

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Johannesburg, Feb 24: A 5.7-magnitude earthquake hit near Africa's Lake Tanganyika early today, the US Geological Survey said, with the epicentre in northen Zambia.

5.7-magnitude quake strikes Africa's Lake Tanganyika region

The quake, which was 10 kilometres (six miles) deep, struck at 6:32 AM (IST) about 45 kilometres from the Zambian town of Kaputa, which lies near the borders of Tanzania and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

In December 2005, a powerful earthquake struck the Lake Tanganyika region of East Africa. That 6.8-magnitude quake shook buildings in cities throughout the east and central African region.

Much of the eastern African region lies in the Great Rift Valley, a massive geographical feature created by shifting of tectonic plates and volcanic activity.

PTI

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