I felt the earthquake from Tanzania!

If you were in Uganda, Tanzania or even Kenya around 3:30 p.m. (Uganda time) on Saturday, September 10th, you probably felt some of the effects of the 5.7 (some websites are saying 5.9) magnitude earthquake. The day before September 11th...15 years later. Hmmm…crazy, right?

Wow! The earth really shook! This is my first earthquake experience overseas because I’m almost positive that in my 3o something years, I’ve surely experienced one before…or at least I think I’d have by this point, right? Either way, Uganda didn’t get the effect nearly as bad as Tanzania. In fact, there were a few fatalities and a load of injuries.

It could have been worse.

I’m thankful for God’s covering. I’m thankful that my time in the earthquake was merely a rumble and not a life taker. This experience has given me a different perspective on this region and how the world is being effected by change daily.

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Earth shattering events (literally) allow you to really appreciate nature, life and God’s presence. Supposedly, earthquakes happen in this region quite often, at least once a year.

I’m perfectly okay with this being my first and last experience with earthquakes in Uganda, however, I’m fully aware that anything is possible such as the earth shifting plates midday, causing all of your furniture to relocate to the other side of the room (i‘m exaggerating). Either way, my radar is on…in full effect!


Christion, my 9 year-old son, reflected on his experiences with the quake.Watch this video and let me know what you think.

I’ll keep you posted on more earthquakes if they happen to hit Kampala again. Hopefully not.

Have you experienced an earthquake before? I want to hear from you!


4 thoughts on “I felt the earthquake from Tanzania!

  1. Tabitha Bakare says:

    We just had an earthquake here in Korea a few days ago, I think on the 13th. I’d just put my youngest in her crib and me and toddler were watching a movie together. And suddenly, I heard a lot of noise, like screeching nails on a board. I was a bit confused and then, I realized that our building was shaking. That is when it clicked, “We’re having an earthquake.” My apartment building is five floors and it sits up high on a hill (Korea is very mountainous) and mine is on the fourth floor. So it was a bit unnerving being so high up and processing that our building shook. Korea had two earthquakes a 5.3 and then a 5.8, apparently, what I felt was the result of the 5.8 which happened about an hour after the first one. It was reported that aftershocks happened and were felt all over the peninsula. This was my second time knowingly feeling an earthquake in my 35 years. Less just say, I don’t care for them.

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    • Ms. Black Expat says:

      That’s something, isn’t it! How the world is really making some changes. I honestly think that this was my first earthquake, well in a long time since I can’t remember when I actually experienced one.

      I’m glad that you all are safe. How is Korea treating you, by the way?

      Thank you so much for commenting and reading! TTYS

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      • Tabitha Bakare says:

        Oh, dear. It’s been almost a month since I last logged in. Sorry, I’m just seeing this. The world is indeed changing or having birthing pains as I like to describe it. As for Korea, this is my fourth year here and while, we have enjoyed it, I’m looking forward to experiencing living in another country. We’re co-laboring with God on our next move!


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