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At Least 10 Dead as Earthquake Hits Northwestern Tanzania

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A 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck northwestern Tanzania's Great Lakes region Saturday, killing at least 10 people and collapsing buildings in the city of Bukoba on the shore of Lake Victoria.

Local police reported about 100 injuries and said rescue operations in Kagera province were ongoing.

The U.S. Geological Survey said the quake was felt in nearby Rwanda, Burundi, Uganda and Kenya.

Pictures posted on social media showed residents of Bukoba gathered in the streets, with rows of wrecked buildings nearby.

A statement from the Tanzanian president's office voiced shock and grief over the loss of life and property but did not provide details.

Earthquakes are fairly common in the Great Lakes region, but they are generally of low intensity.

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