The Centre Seismologique Euro-Méditeranéen recorded a Magnitude 5.0 Earthquake at a depth of 10 km, about 25 km to the northwest of Zeribet el Oued in Biskra Province, Algeria, slightly after 7.40 am local time (slightly after 6.40 am GMT) on Friday 18 November 2016. There are no reports of any damage or injuries associated with this event, though people have reported feeling it locally.
The approximate location of the 18 November 2016 Biskra Earthquake. Google.
Algeria lies on the northernmost part of the African Plate, while southern Europe to the north is part of Eurasia. Africa is pushing into Europe from the south, which causes Earthquakes around the Mediterranean Basin. These are most common in southeast Europe, but those in northwest Africa, while less frequent, are often larger and more deadly.
Witness accounts of Earthquakes can help geologists to understand these events, and the structures that cause them. The international non-profit organization Earthquake Report is interested in hearing from people who may have felt this event; if you felt this quake then you can report it to Earthquake Report here.
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