4.8 Magnitude Earthquake Felt Across Kenya, Kenyans Gawk About it on Social Media

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One way people use social media is by reporting what is happening around them. Well, today, an event has happened in Kenya and it has caused a tweetstorm.

Around 1921hrs today, there were tremors in Kenya and this led to Kenyans share what they were experiencing around them. Earthquakes or tremors are usually sudden events and generate a lot of reaction from people and Kenyans took to Twitter to share what they experienced.

It was not funny at all

This guy felt it in Voi

It caused mayhem in some houses

Some became quite religious

In other regions, people came out of their houses due to the tremor


Not everyone felt the tremor, which was interesting

According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake that we felt was of a magnitude of 4.8 on the Richter’s scale. The epicentre was 9.5km underground and 41km north-northwest of Wundanyi, Taita Taveta.

That is quite far away and the impact of the earthquake has been felt in a number of counties, ranging from Mombasa, Makueni, Machakos, Nairobi, Kiambu and Nyeri.

Tremors are not that common in Kenya, but they do happen. In July 2007, there were a ton of tremors in Kenya that caused panic, especially in Nairobi. The epicentre for one tremor was located 145km SSW of Nairobi and it registered only 3.4 on the Richter’s Scale while another was higher at 6.1 on the Richter’s scale. 3 years ago, there was a tremor in the Eastern area in parts of Meru, Embu and Tharaka Nithi.