No earthquake recorded in any part across Egypt: NRIAG

Ahram Online , Monday 20 Feb 2023

Head of the Egyptian National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG) Gad El-Qady said no earthquakes were recorded in any part across Egypt over the past hours, urging the public not to panic.

File photo: File Photo: Earthquake measurement (Photo: Reuters)


El-Qady was speaking in a phone-in with TV channel Sada Al-Balad on Monday evening after a 6.4 magnitude quake struck Antakya in Turkey and a number of citizens reported online that they felt the quake in districts in Cairo and Giza.

He said that the 6.4 magnitude quake originated in Turkey as part of the aftershocks of the tremor that hit some Turkish districts and that this had no negative impacts on Egypt even if it was felt.

El-Qady further asserted that no earthquakes were recorded by the Egyptian National Seismological Network (ENSN) in the cities of Rafah or Al- Arish or in any part across Egypt. 

Meanwhile, the NRIAG issued a statement explaining that the earthquake which struck in Antakya happened 552 kilometres north of the city of Rafah in North Sinai, urging the public not to panic.

The quake, 21.40 kilometres deep, occurred at 4:31pm and 7:00 pm Cairo local time, according to the NRIAG.

El-Qady cautioned the public against falling prey to panic caused by rumors or fake information issued by non-specialists.

Earlier this month, the NRIAG ruled out the possibility of Tsunami hitting the country after the deadly 7.8-magnitude earthquake which struck Turkey and Syria on 6 February.

NRIAG said it is closely following up any seismic activity or quakes through the ENSN which is constantly analysing data after the occurrence of any quakes in the neighboring countries.

The last major earthquake hit the country in 1992, measuring 5.8 in magnitude, killing 541 people and injuring over 6,500 in Greater Cairo.

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