6.6 magnitude earthquake hits Eastern Mediterranean; felt in Egypt

Ahram Online , Tuesday 11 Jan 2022

An earthquake of magnitude 6.6 hit the Eastern Mediterranean region and was felt by some citizens in some parts of Egypt, the National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIA) in a statement early Tuesday.

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File Photo: Earthquake measurement (Photo: Reuters)

The quake was registered around 415 kilometers away from Damietta, located about 200 kilometers north of Cairo, at 3:07 am local time. 

It said some citizens felt the earthquake, but the statement did not include details on any injuries or property damage caused by the earthquake. 

the European Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) said that the earthquake, which it registered as magnitude 6.4, hit the Cyprus region.

The quake was at a depth of 2 km (1.24 miles), according to the European centre. 

Palestine, Cyprus, Turkey, Egypt and Greece were among countries that felt the quake, according to earthquake.usgs.gov.

Egypt is typically an earthquake safe country that rarely sees earthquakes, with the latest major earthquake, measuring 5.6 in magnitude, killing 541 people and injuring over 6,500 in 1992

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