The United States Geological Survey recorded a Magnitude 5.0 Earthquake at a depth of 10 km, about 25 km to the south of the city of El Eulma in Sétif Province, Algeria, slightly before 8.10 am local time (slightly before 7.10 am GMT) on Thursday 26 March 2020. There are no reports of any damage or injuries associated with this event, though people have reported feeling it in the area.
The approximate location of the 26 March 2020 Sétif Earthquake. USGS.
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 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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