Sunday, February 3, 2008

Dozens dead in Central Africa quakes

Mail & Guardian Online: "Two strong earthquakes shook the African Great Lakes region on Sunday, killing at least 34 people in Rwanda and six in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), according to officials and hospital sources.

Hundreds of people were wounded, many with fractured limbs, after the two quakes struck close together along the western Rift Valley fault.

Houses crumbled and deep cracks spread up the walls of buildings in the centre of Bukavu in the DRC, near the epicentre of the first quake, which measured 6,0 on the open-ended Richter scale."