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2 Earthquakes Hit Algeria, No Causalities Reported

Fri 07 Aug 2020 | 08:24 PM
Nawal Sayed

On Friday, two earthquakes with a magnitude of 4.9 and 4.5 hit the eastern Algerian province of Mila, caused a five-story building to collapse and about thirty homes cracked, but no casualties were reported, according to a Civil Protection statement.

The National Center for Research in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Geophysics announced the registration of an earthquake at 07:00 (06:00 GMT) Friday dawn with a magnitude of 4.9 degrees on the Richter scale, two kilometers southeast of the Hamala region in the state of Mila, 400 kilometers northeastern Algiers.

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At 12:13 (1113 GMT), a second earthquake of 4.5 magnitude hit the same area.

Prime Minister Abdelaziz Djerad directed concerned officials to take care of those who lost their homes and repair damaged roads, according to the Algerian News Agency.

North of Algeria is located in an area of ​​seismic activity, where moderate earthquakes are constantly recorded.

As for the last devastating earthquake, it was in Boumerdès region, which was also felt in the capital in 2003, when it measured 6.8 degrees, killing 2200 people and 11500 injured.