A 5.9-magnitude earthquake has left at least 11 dead in the Lake Victoria region of northern Tanzania on Saturday.
According to the Associated Press, the country’s president, John Magufuli, said that many had been killed by the quake that struck at 3:27 p.m. local time.
Magufuli said he was “shocked by reports of the earthquake that caused the death of many people, injury to others and destruction of property,” according to the press release issued by the president’s office.
Regional police commander Augustine Olomi said most of the deaths occurred in brick structures in the town of Bukoba. Photos posted to social media show significant damage in the city of 70,000, according to the BBC.
“This incident has caused a lot of damage,” Deodatus Kinawila, the district commissioner of Bukoba, told the BBC. He later said the “situation is calm and under control.”
The quake, which was considered shallow at a depth of 25 miles, according to the U.S. Geological Survey and was reportedly felt as far away as western Kenya, parts of Uganda and in Kigali, Rwanda.