By Watchdog reporter
Saturday earthquake that hit central Uganda the most, also left Tanzania’s north western town of Bukoba in disaster.
Uganda Ministry of Energy and Mineral development said in a press statement on Saturday evening that on September 10, 2016 at 3:28 PM, an earthquake occurred in the Lake Victoria region.
In Kampala, the tremor left a huge crack on Acacia Mall in Kampala.
The statement released by Energy ministry’s permanent Secretary FA Kaliisa said, Seismological Stations of the Directorate of Geological Survey and Mines in Entebbe, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, measured the earthquake at the magnitude of 5.7 on Richter scale.
It stated that the earthquake, which has been felt widely in the central parts of Uganda, had its epicenter at Bukoba in Tanzania is only 47 Km to Entebbe on a straight line.
“The magnitude of 5.7 on Richter scale is moderate and is not likely to cause any serious damage to any sound structures such buildings,” Dr F.A Kabagambe-Kaliisa the Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, said.
However, Acacia mall management says the cracks were not caused by the earthquake but by expansions on the facility.