Earth tremor sends panic among Meru residents

Punic gripped a section of Meru County residents on Sunday night following an earth tremor that lasted for almost a minute.

The earth tremor occurred a few minutes to midnight.

According to residents, the tremor shook houses causing household items to rattle.

Some residents resorted to social media making fun of how their houses had moved to a different location.

“I was shocked when my house heavily shook until I thought the end of the world was coming down”, Ms. Rose Karimi said.

“I thought the rats in my ceiling had multiplied since the rumbles were slightly unusual”, said Ken Mbaabu a resident within Makutano area of Meru Town.

Officials at the Meru Meteorological department who declined to be named said their office has no equipment to detect the magnitude of the tremor and they were awaiting results from the headquarters based at the University of Nairobi.

Eastern Region Red Cross Society Director, Gitonga Mugambi said that no injuries have been reported.

“I heard the tremor and this morning had to contact all our field officers who said no body has been reported injured”.

Gitonga has urged those living in storey buildings to assess any impact that may have been caused to the relevant authorities.

He also appealed to those suffering from terminal illnesses to go for medical check as earth tremors cause complications to the patients.

The Director asked the public to avoid movement in case of earthquakes to avoid injuries.

“People driving are encouraged to stop since earthquakes affect the vehicle system which may result to an accident”, advised the Red Cross director.

By Richard Muhambe