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Kenyan Capital Hit by 4.6-Magnitude Quake; No Damage Reported

April 17, 2012

Kenya’s capital, Nairobi, was struck by an earthquake measuring 4.6 on the Richter scale, the Meteorological Department said.

The tremor struck at about 5 a.m. today in Limuru on the outskirts of the city, Peter Macharia, the assistant director for earthquake monitoring, said in a phone interview.

“The center was around Limuru area” and was felt in the town of Nakuru, 137 kilometers (86 miles) northwest of Nairobi, as well as the towns of Nyeri and Machakos, he said. “So far there is no damage reported.”

Kenya is traversed by the East African Rift System, a geological formation that stretches more than 3,000 kilometers from northern neighbour Ethiopia to southern Africa. The system, which is as wide as 60 kilometers at some points, is a zone of active volcanoes and fault lines, and is the main source of seismic activity in Kenya, according to the Meteorological Department.

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