Earthquake strikes off Algerian coast: Is danger of tsunami looming large?

Earthquake strikes off Algerian coast: Is danger of tsunami looming large?

ALGERIA- The national delegate for major risks at the Ministry of the Interior, Dr Abdelhamid Afra, voices on the occurrence of a “tsunami” following the 5.9 magnitude earthquake that struck off the Algerian coast.

Dr Afra said in a statement on national television: “It is common knowledge that an earthquake at sea will be followed by a tsunami.”

The Interior Ministry official added that the region’s geological formation responded to this, indicating that “in the event that this happens, the polarity of the seismic wave is heading towards Europe.” He continued: “It is not going back to Algeria, so there is no danger of a tsunami.

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.

Nearby towns and cities: (According to
17 km (11 mi) NNE of Béjaïa
37 km (23 mi) NE of El-Kseur
37 km (23 mi) NE of Colmar
41 km (25 mi) NNE of Barbacha
44 km (27 mi) NE of el hed
74 km (46 mi) NE of Akbou
82 km (51 mi) NNW of Setif
99 km (61 mi) NNE of Bordj Bou Arreridj
151 km (94 mi) E of Boumerdas
185 km (115 mi) E of Algiers
355 km (220 mi) SSE of Mallorca Island

In the aftermath of the earthquake, 15 aftershocks were recorded. Residents rushed to the streets, according to testimonies on social networks.


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