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Residents panic as tremor hits Nakuru, Nyanza

By | Published Mon, June 14th 2010 at 00:00, Updated January 1st 1970 at 03:00 GMT +3

By Beatrice Obwocha and Winsley Masese

A tremor hit parts of Rift Valley and western Kenya throwing residents into panic. The tremor that occurred yesterday afternoon caused panic in Nakuru, and parts of Nyanza and Western provinces.

Nakuru residents said they experienced a mild tremor at around 3.16pm but it lasted about 15 seconds.

Ms Juliet Mutisya said she was in the house when her chair started shaking.

"I was shocked as I did not know what was happening, then it hit me it was a tremor," she said.

She then ran out of the house fearing there was an earthquake.

Another resident Joseph Ngugi said he was watching a World Cup match when he felt some movement and his television shook.

In Kisumu town, the tremor terrified motorists and pedestrians.

"The beams of the building I was in started shaking, and I got out quickly fearing for the worst," said Ms Irene Omondi. No destruction was reported.