Shockwave felt in Cairo caused by electric railway construction, not earthquake: NRIAG

Ahram Online , Wednesday 9 Mar 2022

A shockwave that was felt throughout Greater Cairo early on Wednesday was due to construction work on the railway for the country’s new electric train, and was not due to an earthquake, Egypt’s National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG) said on Wednesday.

File photo:From left, Egypt s Transport Minister Kamel El-Wazir, PM Mostafa Madbouly, President Abde
File photo:From left, Egypt s Transport Minister Kamel El-Wazir, PM Mostafa Madbouly, President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi, Siemens CEO Joe Kaeser, Siemens CEO Roland Busch (photo courtesy of the presidency)

People reported hearing the blast throughout Greater Cairo, including in Maadi, 6 October City, and Sheikh Zayed.

“What happened was the result of construction work on the electric railway in eastern Cairo, which resulted in the expelling of energy in the form of a strong shockwave,” said the NRIAG.

Egypt is currently constructing a high-speed electric railway network with a length of 1,800 kilometres that links the country's eastern and northern coasts. The railway will serve up to 30 million people annually, cutting their travel time from an average of two to four hours.

When finished, the train will be the world's sixth longest high-speed network, according to Michael Peter, CEO of Germany's Siemens, which was awarded the venture.

A consortium made up of Siemens Mobility, Orascom Construction and the Arab Contractors has signed a contract with Egypt’s National Authority for Tunnels to deliver the country’s first high-speed, electrified main and freight rail line.

The $23 billion electrical system’s first phase is set to be completed in 2023.

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