Egypt’s NRIAG rules out 'tsunami' because of Turkey quake

MENA , Monday 6 Feb 2023

Chairman of the National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG) Gad El-Qadi ruled out the possibility of raising a "tsunami" warning for the country's coastal areas after a major earthquake struck Turkey and Syria, killing hundreds of people.

File Photo: Earthquake measurement (Photo: Reuters)


Speaking at a press conference Monday, Qadi said that the initial "tsunami" warning was issued for the eastern Mediterranean Sea region following the quake, but it was withdrawn.

A powerful 7.8 magnitude earthquake rocked southeastern Turkey and northern Syria early Monday, toppling hundreds of buildings and killing more than 2,300 people.

The situation in the Egyptian lands is stable and there are no causes for spreading panic among people, according to him.

He said that the area where the earthquake occurred in Turkey today is the intersection of a number of active geological faults.

In statements to MENA, Qadi added that the epicentre of the earthquake is located near the intersection of the "East Anatolian fault" with the Dead Sea Fault Zone.

He further noted that an earthquake of magnitude 7.7 on the Richter scale was registered about 691 kilometres north of Rafah and at a depth of 18.30 kilometres.

The tremor occurred at 3:17 a.m., Cairo time, he added. 

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