KIGALI, Rwanda - Two earthquakes struck hours apart yesterday in Rwanda and neighboring Congo, killing at least 39 people including some who were in a church that collapsed, officials said.
Nearly 400 people were injured.
A magnitude-6.0 quake struck Congo early, according to the US Geological Survey. The second quake, which registered 5.0, hit a few hours later near the countries' border in Rwanda's rural Rusizi District.
"I was at home when the earthquake hit and the next thing I heard, was the house falling down," said Florence Nyiranzoga, who was airlifted to the Rwandan capital, Kigali, for treatment of her injuries.
Another victim, who was also airlifted to Kigali, said the death toll was sure to rise.
"I am sure very many people are going to die," she said, adding that the hospital near the quake's center was full and that "people were scattered in the hospital compound." - Boston Globe