There was panic in Rubirizi District in Western Uganda on Sunday following an earthquake that shook the ground for several seconds.

According to the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the 5.3 magnitude tremor which shook a 39 kilometre area with 10km depth happened at about 10am. At that time, most people had gone to church for Sunday morning prayers.

The quake was also felt in parts of northern Tanzania.

There were no immediate reports of injuries or deaths from the quake.

Earthquakes have been rare in this region but it has been experiencing some seismological activity as companies search for oil in the Lake Albert area along Uganda’s border with Congo.

In September 2016, a 5.7 earthquake hit East Africa’s Lake Victoria region, killing at least 11 people in Tanzania and damaging property in Uganda.