The United States Geological Survey Recorded a Magnitude 4.9 Earthquake at a depth of 10.0 km about 60 km to the southeast of the town of Lodwar in Turkana County, Kenya, slightly after 10.35 pm local time (slightly after 7.35 pm GMT) on Sunday 3 May 2020. There are no reports of any damage or casualties associated with this event at this time, but it was felt in northwest Kenya.
The approximate location of the 3 May 2020 Turkana County Earthquake. USGS.
Turkana County lies within the the of the Great Rift Valley, which is slowly splitting the African Plate in two along a line from the Red Sea through Ethiopia, and which includes the great lakes and volcanoes of east-central Africa. This has the potential to open into a new ocean over the next few tens of millions of years, splitting Africa into two new, smaller, continents; Nubia to the west and Somalia to the east.
Movement on the African Rift Valley, with associated volcanoes. Rob Gamesby/Cool Geography.
Witness accounts of Earthquakes can help geologists to understand these events, and the structures that cause them. The international non-profit organisation Earthquake Report is interested in hearing from people who may have felt this event; if you felt this quake then you can report it to Earthquake Report here.
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