The earth shook in Algeria. According to the American Institute of Geophysics (USGS), a shallow earthquake of magnitude 6 It was activated on the night of Wednesday March 17 to Thursday March 18 off eastern Algeria. According to Algerian Civil Protection, the earthquake caused a movement of panic, but there are no deaths to mourn. She said in a statement from her management that “Civil Protection assures citizens that there is no loss of human life or significant material loss.”
The quake occurred 20 kilometers northeast of the city of Béjaïa at 1:04 a.m. local time on Thursday, at a depth of 10 kilometers, according to the USGS. Shortly after, It was followed by two aftershocks of magnitude 5.2 and 4.7. The epicenter was located 28 kilometers northeast of Cap-Carbon, in Béjaïa, the Algerian Center for Research in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Geophysics (CRAAG) said in a press release. A first shock of magnitude 4 on the Richter scale was registered on Wednesday at 8:38 p.m. in the same wilaya (department), according to this center.
Overcome by panic the residents rushed to the street, according to testimonials on social networks. In Jijel prefecture, about thirty miles east of Béjaïa, “five people suffered fractures or sprains after the panic. One of them jumped from the first floor and was hospitalized.” The site Béjaïa.info published photos of cracked houses and debris in the streets and wrote: “Property damage but no loss of life.”