1 August 2014

Algerian Capital Hit By 5.6 Quake

Algiers — A 5.6 magnitude earthquake hit the Algerian capital and suburban regions on Friday, the Algerian Center for Astrophysics and Geophysics said.

The United States Geological Survey said the quake had struck nine miles southeast of Algiers and its epicentre was recorded at a relatively shallow depth of 6.2 miles.

"There were no deaths but we had 20 people slightly injured in the panic, 12 of them in Algiers and eight at Boumerdes," to the east, said civil defence official Colonel Farouk Ashur.

Meanwhile, Minister of Interior and Local Governments Tayeb Belaiz said in a statement to the official news agency that a contingency commission was formed to follow up on the situation and that civil defense teams were scouring the areas where the tremors were reported.

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