By Felix Biryomumaisho
Kasese Uganda |DAILYNEWS UG| The United States Geological Survey reported a magnitude 4.6 quake in Uganda near Kasese district few hours ago.
The earthquake hit in the morning on Sunday, March 6th, 2022, at 11:59 am local time at a shallow depth of 10 km.
“Magnitude and other quake parameters can still change in the coming hours as the agency continues to process seismic data,” says the agency.
A second report was later issued by the citizen-seismograph network of Raspberry Shake, which listed it as a magnitude 4.6 earthquake as well.
A third agency, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC), reported the same quake at magnitude 4.6.
Based on the preliminary seismic data, the quake should not have caused any significant damage, but was probably felt by many people as light vibration in the area of the epicenter.
Weak shaking might have been felt in Kilembe (pop. 7,900) located 44 km from the epicenter, Kasese (pop. 67,300) 47 km away, and Butembo (pop. 154,600) 67 km away.
Other towns or cities near the epicenter where the quake might have been felt as very weak shaking include Ibanda (pop. 31,000) located 75 km from the epicenter, Kamwenge (pop. 17,200) 80 km away, Ntungamo (pop. 16,900) 84 km away, Bundibugyo (pop. 16,900) 100 km away, and Mbarara (pop. 97,500) 105 km away.
An earthquake is caused by a sudden slip on a fault. The tectonic plates are always slowly moving, but they get stuck at their edges due to friction. When the stress on the edge overcomes the friction, there is an earthquake that releases energy in waves that travel through the earth’s crust and cause the shaking that we feel.
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