4.8 magnitude earthquake strikes Kenya

Monday March 25 2019

An image published by the on March 24, 2018 showing Wundanyi in Taita Taveta County where the 4.8-magnitude earthquake was also felt. PHOTO | COURTESY


A light earthquake hit several counties in Kenyan on Sunday, including the capital Nairobi, central and coastal regions.

The earth tremors were experienced on Sunday evening at about 7pm (1600 GMT) and lasted for several seconds.

The Kenya Meteorological Department confirmed the earthquake in a phone call to NTV Kenya but said there is no cause for alarm.

According to the, a 4.8 magnitude quake hit Wundanyi in Taita Taveta County at 7.21pm.


An image published by the on March 24, 2018. PHOTO | COURTESY

Another earthquake tracker,, reported a magnitude 4 quake in Spain with a depth of 10km that occured about the same time as the one felt in Kenya.


An image published an online earthquake tracker showing the effect of a quake that hit Spain about the same time tremors were reported in Nairobi on March 24, 2019. PHOTO | COURTESY

Reports of the tremors were reported by Kenyans online to the from as far as Chogoria in Tharaka Nithi and Nanyuki in Laikipia.

"I was watching TV and thought the dogs were bumping up against my chair. Then I heard a rumbling and the windows hummed a little. Realized it was an earthquake," read a comment posted on the Volcanic Discovery website by someone in Nyeri County.

Writing on his Twitter timeline, Scott Bellows, who is a lecturer at the United States International University-Africa, said those in coastal Kenya (Mombasa, Kilifi, Malindi, Lamu and Diani) should seek higher ground as a precaution.

Mr Bellows, however, is not a geologist but an assistant professor of management at USIU-Africa.

"Leave low lying areas near the beach until given an all clear after geologists pinpoint earthquake epicentre. Possible tsunami," said Mr Bellows.

After the tremors, lights went out in several counties even though it is not clear that the black out was linked to the earthquake.