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2/04/2008

Killer Quakes Strike Africa

KIGALI (Reuters) - Earthquakes struck Rwanda and neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo on Sunday, killing at least 30 people and seriously injuring 350 more, officials said.

The two quakes struck close together in Africa's Great Lakes region hours apart along the western Great Rift Valley fault.

The first quake, with a magnitude of 6.0 and its epicenter in Democratic Republic of Congo, happened at 10:30 a.m. (2:30 a.m. EST), followed by another 5.0 quake in densely populated southern Rwanda at 1:56 p.m. (5:56 a.m. EST).



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