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 8800 people died by direct consequences of earthquakes. 5 earthquakes also caused a subsequent tsunami, which claimed further lifes and damages.

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Earthquakes in Algeria since 1950

The strongest earthquake in Algeria happened on 10/10/1980 in the region Northern 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 with further victims and destructions.
DateRegionTiefeMagnitudeDeathsTotal damage
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
09/09/1954El Asnam48 km6.70
09/09/1954Orleansville37 km6.71243
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. Several data have been summarized and translated. Foto taken from National Geophysical Data Center (NGDC, public domain).