Wednesday 24 March 2021

Magnitude 4.6 Earthquake in South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo.

The United States Geological Survey Recorded a Magnitude 4.6 Earthquake at a depth of 10.0 km about 91 km to the west of the city of Uvira in South Kivu Province, Democratic Republic of Congo, slightly after 1.30 pm local time (slightly after 11.30 am GMT) on Wednesday 24 March 2021. There are no reports of any damage or casualties associated with this event at this time, but is likely to have been felt locally.

The approximate location of the 24 March 2021 South Kivu Earthquake. USGS.

South Kivu 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.

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