Lake Tanganyika area struck by magnitude 5.7 earthquake

An earthquake of magnitude 5.7 struck the southern area of Lake Tanganyika early on Friday, the U.S. Geological Survey said.

The epicenter of the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 6.1, was in a national park area in northern Zambia close to Lake Tanganyika.

The quake, which struck at 2:32 a.m. (0032 GMT), could be felt across the lake in Tanzania and to the north in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, the USGS said.

It was very shallow, at a depth of only 6.2 miles (10 km), which would have magnified its effect, but a magnitude 5.7 quake is considered moderate.

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