Wednesday 3 July 2013

Magnitude 5.2 Earthquake beneath Lake Albert.

A Magnitude 5.2 Earthquake occurred at a depth of 10 km beneath Lake Albert, which forms part of the border between Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo, slightly after 4.30 pm local time (slightly after 1.30 pm, GMT), on Tuesday 2 July 2013, according to the United States Geological Survey. The quake was felt on both sides of the lake, with more severe shaking recorded on the Congolese side, though the only damage recorded was on the Ugandan side, where a number of traditionally-built mud structures were damaged. There are no reports of any casualties.

The location of the 2 July 2013 Lake Albert quake. Google Maps.

Lake Albert forms part of the of the Great Rift Valley, which is slowly splitting the African Plate in two allow 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.

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