The Centre Seismologique Euro-Méditeranéen recorded a Magnitude 4.6 Earthquake at a depth of 10 km about 3 km to the west of the city of Al Bayḑā on the northeast coast of Algeria, slightly before 3.20 am local time (slightly before 2.20 am GMT) on Thursday 21 February 2019. There are no reports of any damage or casualties associated with this event, though it may have been felt locally.
The approximate location of the 11 February 2019 ’Aïn el Turk Earthquake. EMSC.
Libya 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 North 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 organisation 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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