Mild earthquake hits Egypt Friday night

Ahram Online , Saturday 25 Mar 2017

No damage to life or property was reported

A seismologist points at a graphic showing an earthquake reading (Photo: Reuters)

Egypt was hit by a mild tremor Friday night that measured 3.3 on the Richter scale, with no damage to life or property reported, state news agency MENA reported.

The quake was registered at 8pm and its epicentre was 40 kilometres northwest of Suez.

The quake was not felt by the majority of the population, as it has to register at least 4.0 on the Richter stage to be felt, head of Egypt's National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics Hatem Ouda told MENA.

The most destructive earthquake in Egypt's modern history struck Cairo in October 1992, at a magnitude of 5.8, killing more than 500 people, injuring thousands and displacing tens of thousands.


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