ALGIERS- A 5.9 magnitude earthquake struck off the Algerian coast on Thursday, announced the Research Centre in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Geophysics (CRAAG) in a statement.
The epicenter was about 28 km northeast of Bejaia. The tremor occurred at a depth of about 10 km (6miles) and likely produced strong-to-moderate shaking at the epicenter. Moderate-to-light shaking took place in northern parts of Algeria, including Algiers, Setif, Constantine, and Annaba.
To this end, the quake was felt this Thursday at 1:04 am (GMT + 1) in Algeria, Spain, Italy and Tunisia.
In addition to the province of Bejaïa, the earthquake was strongly felt in Jijel and Tizi-Ouzou, Algiers and also in Sétif. It was also felt by the eastern municipalities of the province of Skikda.
The incident has not prompted any tsunami advisories.
Residents rushed to the streets, according to testimonies on social networks.
In the aftermath of the earthquake, 15 aftershocks were recorded as announced by Eidi Chafik, the responsible of the earthquake monitoring station at the Center for Astrophysics and Research, explaining that the earthquake that struck the province of Bejaia with a magnitude of 5.9 falls within the framework of the rapprochement between the African and Eurasian continents.
In the same context, he revealed that, till 6 a.m. and 45 minutes, 15 aftershocks were recorded, some of which were felt by residents of the surrounding areas.
To this end, the same official added that the aftershocks are phenomena that cause the region to enter into equilibrium as it was before the main earthquake.