Magnitude 4.8 Light Earthquake Shakes Kenya

Magnitude 4.8 Light Earthquake Shakes Kenya

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake that struck in Kenya caused fault lines along the Naivasha – Mai Mahiu Road, at Fay Amario, about 8km from Naivasha, Mai Mahiu bound.

The Sunday evening light Earthquake was said to be of magnitude 4.8 on the Richter scale in South Eastern Kenya at 7:21pm.

The depth was 9.54km, with its epicenter in Wundanyi, Taita-Taveta County, according to the Kenya Meteorological Department.

“There is no damage expected for a minor earthquake of magnitude between 4-4.9 on the Richter scale. Residents at the Coast are urged not to panic as the epicentre was not from the ocean, but from land hence cannot cause a Tsunami,” Met said on Twitter.

The Kenya National Highways Authority said its engineers are on site to monitor any resultant damages to the road surface.

“In the meantime, traffic police have been deployed to the site to direct traffic on a detour of the road section that has been created to facilitate traffic flow,” the authority said in a statement.

“Heavy commercial vehicles operators are urged to exercise caution and restraint and to follow traffic flow directions that are being provided by the Traffic Police Department. Particularly,” the statement said.