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Moderate earthquake shakes Algiers


M 4.6 moderate earthquake shakes Algiers, the capital and largest city of Algeria, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre reported.

According to the EMSC, the quake's epicenter was located just 1 km N of L’Arba and 21 km SE of Algiers. It was 60 km deep.

Light to weak tremor were reported by the people of  El Harrach, Bab Ezzouar, Bir Mourad Raïs, Chéraga, Aïn Benian, Boumerdes, Lakhdaria, Médéa and Algiers.

No damage or injuries have been reported.

Northern Algeria lies at the boundary between the African Plate and the Eurasian Plate.

Earthquake in Algiers in 2003 (called Boumerdès earthquake) claimed lives of 2,278 people. Magnitude 6.8 earthquake had its epicenter located in Thénia in Boumerdès Province, approximately 60 km east of the capital Algiers.

Earthquakes, floods and mudslides are three major hazards in Northern Algeria.

20:03 UTC (local time 21:03; 2013-05-23 @ epicenter)

Algiers_earthquake_epicenter_map

Epicenter Location
1 km N of L’Arba, Algeria
21 km SE of Algiers, Algeria

Original post: Natural Disasters List May 23, 2013