Injuries Reported Following North African Quake

By: Stephen Bowers Email
By: Stephen Bowers Email

The U.S. Geological Survey says a 5.6-magnitude earthquake was felt in the north African country Algeria on Friday.

The earthquake struck near the Mediterranean Coast and was strongly felt in Mostaganem, and the largest city in the region, Oran, where the greatest effects were felt from the earthquake.

The earthquake occurred at a depth of just two-and-a-half miles. The epicenter, the point on the surface directly above the center, was 15 miles north-northeast of Oran or 210 miles west-southwest of Algiers.

The Algerian newspaper, Echorouk, says that one person was killed and the official injury tally is up to 12. The newspaper also says that unofficial injury totals have been as high as 30. The worst injury is that of a girl who sustained several fractures when a wall of her home collapsed on top of her.

A large earthquake in 2003 that hit the same area left at least ten thousand people injured and about 2300 people dead.

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