At about 3.27 p.m. on Saturday, 10th September, 2016, an earthquake of 5.9 (initially reported as 5.7 magnitude on Richter scale) was recorded at a depth of 6 miles (10km), 27 miles (44km) from the northwestern town of Bukoba and near the western shore of Lake Victoria. The tremors of the earthquake were felt as far as Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Kenya. As the Earthquake lasted for almost 45 seconds the devastation was substantial, flattening a great number of houses.
The death toll has risen to 16 and about 253 reported injured in the devastating earthquake. 840 Houses flattened, and 1264 damage structures and properties; as a result many families were rendered homeless. Much of the damage and many of the injuries and fatalities are believed to have been inflicted by building collapses in Bukoba in Kagera region, between Bukoba Town and the epicenter of the earthquake further to the North.