Egypt Independent

3.0 magnitude earthquake hits southeast of Egypt’s new capital



The National Seismological Network stations on Thursday morning recorded a 3.0 magnitude earthquake hitting 13 kilometers southeast of Cairo’s New Administrative Capital, head of the National Institute for Astronomical and Geophysical Research Dr. Gad Mohamed el-Qady said.

Qady added that the earthquake took place at 11:33 am Cairo time.

The institute did not record if any people were affected by the earthquake.

Earthquakes are not uncommon in Egypt, however, most of them cause little to no damage or casualties.

On November 22, 1995, the largest of Egypt’s earthquakes in modern history hit the city of Nuweiba on the Red Sea. The quake, measuring a 7.2 on the Richter scale, killed five people and injured dozens of others. It was felt in North Africa, Spain, and Turkey. 

Another earthquake killed 541 people in Cairo on October 12, 1992. The 5.6 magnitude quake also injured 6,522 people, destroyed 398 buildings, and left 8,000 other buildings in danger of collapsing.

Egypt’s strongest quake of the 20th century hit in 1903, killing 10,000 people. 

Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm