Earthquake strikes off Algerian coast: Ministerial delegation dispatched to Bejaia

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Bejaia- A ministerial delegation will conduct an inspection visit to the province of Bejaia to closely follow the situation.

The ministerial delegation will be made up of the Minister of Interior and Local Assemblies and Regional Planning, Mr. Kamel Beldjoud, Minister of National Solidarity, Family and the Status of Women, Ms. Ghania Eddalia, the Minister of Health, Population and Hospital reform, Mr. Abderrahmane Benbouzid and the Minister of Public Works and Transport Kamel Nasri.

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 volcanodiscovery.com/)
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, seven aftershocks were recorded. Residents rushed to the streets, according to testimonies on social networks.

Here are the aftershoks:

01h14m: magnitude 4.1 located 28km North East of Cap Carbon w Bejaia

01h17m: magnitude 5.1 located 22km North East of Cap Carbon w Bejaia

1h28m: magnitude 3.0 located 24km North East of Cap Carbon w Bejaia

01h33m: magnitude 4.5 located 21km North East of Cap Carbon w Bejaia

01h36m: magnitude 3.1 located 25km North East of Cap Carbon w Bejaia

02h04m: magnitude 2.9 located 24km North East of Cap Carbon w Bejaia

02h08m: magnitude 3.7 located 26km North East of Cap Carbon w Bejaia

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