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Two earthquakes in a few hours

Two earthquakes in a few hours

It is clear that northern Algeria seems to be returning to earthquakes. Within a few hours, two earthquakes were recorded in two states yesterday evening and Sunday morning.

According to two press releases issued by the Center for Research in Astronomy, Astrophysics and Geophysics (CRAAG), the states of Mila and Ain Defla experienced two earthquakes, respectively, 3 and 3.6 degrees on the open Richter scale.

In fact, during the evening of Saturday, October 9, 2021 at 10:19 p.m., CRAAG identified a 3.0-magnitude earthquake located 1 km southwest of Hamala in Mila.

A few hours later, at 6:15 am on Sunday October 10, 2021 at 6:15 am, another localized shock was recorded 1 km northwest of Ain Benian in Ain Defla state.

On October 3, at 7.42 pm, an earthquake measuring 3.4 on the Richter scale occurred 5 km southwest of Beni Hssen in the state of Sétif.

The north of the country is vulnerable to “continuous earthquakes”

Last March, geologist and consultant, Azzedine Boudiaf, noted that Algeria has always been a seismic country with the same intensity for at least 6 million years. According to him, the entire north of the country is subject to “continuous earthquakes”.

In an interview with Al-Watan daily, the specialist asserts that “for decades, we have understood and recognized that all of northern Algeria is subject to a continuous earthquake.”

And while several regions were subjected to several tremors last March, GRAAG determined that the seismic activity recorded in recent days in several cities of the country is a natural phenomenon associated with the assembly of the African and Eurasian tectonic plates.”

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Recall that on March 17, the state of Bejaia was shaken by an earthquake with a magnitude of 4.0 on the open Richter scale. Several other aftershocks were also recorded.