File Photo: Maadi's Degla (Photo: Hatem Maher)
Egypt's National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIA) said Saturday that a 3.4 Richter magnitude earthquake hit East Cairo on Saturday at 9:09 pm local time, with no injury or property damage reported.
The quake was felt by residents of Maadi, Zahraa El-Maadi and Katameya districts.
El-Amal area, in the northeast of Cairo, was affected by tremors 18 kilometers below the earth’s surface as an aftereffect of Saturday's earthquake, according to the head of the National Earthquakes Network.
“Egypt, an earthquake safe country, sees an average of 1,800 to 3,500 earthquakes annually, most of which are minor or very minor,” NRIA head Hatem Ouda said.
In 1992, an earthquake measuring 5.6 hit the country, killing 541 people and injuring 6,522 others.
In 1903, Egypt was hit by the strongest earthquake in recent memory, which killed 10,000 people.