The earthquake jolted regions of Kagera and Mwanza on the shores of Lake Victoria, Xinhua news agency reported.
The quake was recorded at a depth of 10 km and located 44 km from Bukoba
Salum Kijuu, Kagera’s regional commissioner said that the quake also damaged property and hundreds of houses.
Rescue workers told the BBC that local hospitals were full and cannot cope with the number of injured.
Buildings have collapsed and people were still trapped underneath the rubble.