5.0 magnitude quake strikes west Algeria

2012-04-25 12:29

Algiers - A 5.0-magnitude earthquake struck western Algeria's Chlef region on Wednesday, but did not cause any injuries or infrastructure damage, the Centre of Astronomy, Astrophysics and Geophysics Research said.

Tremors were felt up to 200km away in the capital Algiers, as well as in the neighbouring region of Ain Defla.

The epicentre of the quake, which struck at 03:18 GMT, was 8km to the east of the town of Beni Haoua.

Five thousand people perished in a 7.1-magnitude earthquake that struck Chlef on 10 October 1980.

  • Stirrer - 2012-04-25 13:41

    5.0 on the Richter Scale is little more than a tremor - why did this even make the news?

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