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Earthquakes in Algiers, Algeria

Earthquakes in Algeria

In Algeria, there are partly large earthquakes with strengths of more than 7.0, which cause damages within a radius of over 100 kilometers. Measured against the size of the country, earthquakes occur very rarely.

Since 1950, more than 8,800 people died by the direct consequences of earthquakes. There were 6 earthquakes that also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lives, and cause additional damage.

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Earthquakes in Algeria since 1950

Earthquakes in Algiers, AlgeriaThe strongest earthquake in Algeria happened on 10/10/1980 in the Northern region with a magnitude of 7.7 on the Richter scale. The shifting of tectonic plates in a depth of 23 km resulted in 5000 deaths. The earthquake also triggered a tsunami, leading to further victims and destruction.
DateRegionDepthMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
03/18/2021Bejaia8 km6.00
05/28/2016Medea (Mihoub)38 km5.40
12/23/2014Blida8 km4.90
08/01/2014Algiers4 km5.56
07/17/2013Hammam Melouane56 km4.80
05/19/2013Algiers26 km4.90
05/14/2010Northern (Beni Yellman)22 km5.22
06/06/2008Oran56 km5.51
01/09/2008Oran3 km4.61
03/20/2006Northern25 km4.94
12/05/2004Zemmouri59 km4.50
12/01/2004Boumerdas24 km4.50
01/10/2004Northern (Algiers, Boumerdes)14 km4.40
05/27/2003Algiers, Boumerdes, Reghaia28 km5.79
05/21/2003Algiers, Boumerdes, Reghia, Thenia20 km6.82266
12/22/1999Northern (Ain Temouchent)56 km5.624
08/18/1994Mascara5 km5.9171
10/29/1989Algiers, Cherchell, Tipaza12 km5.730
10/31/1988Blida, Medea-Algiers58 km5.60
01/26/1987Mohammadia, Qued, Fodda, Tissemsilt41 km4.31
10/27/1985Annaba-Setif-Souk57 km5.96
10/10/1980Northern23 km7.75000
07/11/1975Djebel Babor46 km4.31
02/25/1968El Alen (Babord) 4.91
07/13/1967Near Sig20 km5.010
01/01/1965M'sila29 km5.54
02/21/1960Melouza31 km5.647
11/07/1959Bou-Medfa 5.50
09/09/1954Orleansville37 km6.71243
09/09/1954El Asnam48 km6.70
09/09/1954El Asnam42 km6.00


These statistics are based on datas from the National Geophysical Data Center / World Data Service (NGDC/WDS): Significant Earthquake Database. doi:10.7289/V5TD9V7K. Data have been summarized and translated.
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