Moderate earthquake near Lake Turkana – Kenya, Sudan, Ethiopia

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Earthquake Report comment :
Moderate earthquake near Lake Turkana in the border area of Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya.

The earthquake happened on the East African Rift.
The East African Rift is an active continental rift zone in eastern Africa that appears to be a developing divergent tectonic plate boundary. It is part of the larger Great Rift Valley. The rift is a narrow zone in which the African Plate is in the process of splitting into two new tectonic plates called the Somali Plate and the Nubian Plate, which are subplates or protoplates.

In the middle of Lake Turkana lies Central Island, an active volcano. Today’s event can eventually be linked to the activity in this nearby volcano.

Lake Turkana, formerly known as Lake Rudolf,  is the world’s largest permanent desert lake and the world’s largest alkaline lake. By volume it is the world’s fourth largest salt lake after the Caspian Sea, Lake Issyk-Kul and the (shrinking) Aral Sea, and among all lakes it ranks twentieth.

Due to temperature, aridity and geographic inaccessibility, the lake retains its wild character. Nile crocodiles are found in great abundance on the flats. The rocky shores are home to scorpions and carpet vipers. Although the lake and its environs have been popular for expeditions of every sort under the tutelage of guides, rangers and experienced persons, they certainly must be considered hazardous for unguided tourists.

Lake Turkana National Parks are now listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
Sibiloi National Park lies on the lake’s eastern shore, while Central Island National Park and South Island National Park lie in the lake. Both are known for their crocodiles.
(some of the content courtesy Wikipedia)

Most important Earthquake Data:
Magnitude : Mw 4.8
Saturday, October 23, 2010 at 02:08:22 PM at epicenter
Depth (Hypocenter) : 10 km
Geo-location(s) :
15 km from the Northern side of Lake Turkana
180 km (110 miles) N of Lodwar, Kenya
265 km (165 miles) NNE of Moroto, Uganda
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