Tremors cause panic in Baringo

Written By: Margaret Kalekye/Emily Kay

A section of the Mai-Mahiu- Narok Road cut off by floods.

Residents of Marigat in Baringo South are living in fear following a series of earth tremors that have been recorded in the region over the past one week.

Residents say that the tremors could be a pointer to a possible earthquake or volcanic eruption within the area.

The first tremor which occurred on 5th of March is said to have been so vigorous that objects fell off.

The tremors are said to be mostly occurring during the afternoon and at night with some lasting for more than 30 seconds.

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Joseph Kiprop a resident claimed that he was in his office when the incident occurred and his laptop fell from the table to the ground. He added that the tremors frequently occur during afternoon and night hours.

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Another local, Agnes Cheptebkei revealed that the tremor which was experienced in the afternoon lasted for more than 30 seconds.

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She said she fell down and injured her face after the tremor happened for the fourth time in a week.

The latest tremor which occurred Friday left a trail of destruction in its wake with some residents injuring themselves while some buildings were partially destroyed.

Mercy Cheburet a geologist working in Baringo County attributed the tremors to fault lines along the Rift which are still active adding that the heavy rains witnessed in the region could have interfered with the faults.

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She advised locals to report if they see cracks on their walls and bending of poles adding that there is no cause for alarm since earth tremors normally occur and it might not be alluded as a sign of an imminent earthquake.




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