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Tremors strike Great Lakes

afrol News, 4 February - A series of earthquakes erupted in the Great Lakes region - Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) - on Sunday, killing 40 people [34 in Rwanda and 6 in DRC].

Rwandan authorities are still searching for survivors trapped under the rubbles.

The quakes have also resulted to the death of 10 Rwandans during a Sunday mass in western Rusizi district when a church collapsed. Rusizi is in the western Great Rift Valley, a seismically active area.

Over 400 people have been injured by the most powerful quakes measured at 6.0 and 5.0.

Rwandan hospitals have since been treating several people for injuries.

Many people who were afraid of further quakes slept in the open in Bukavu, DRC.

Burundi has also got its share of the troubles of tremors. They have declared a 30 minute power black out in the country.

The region was hit by a powerful earth quake in December 2005.

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