Friday 18 September 2020

Magnitude 4.0 Earthquake in northwest Algeria.

The Centre Seismologique Euro-Méditeranéen  recorded a Magnitude 4.0 Earthquake at a depth of 29 km, about 11 km to the northeast of the town of Sidi Bel Abbès in northwest coast of Algeria, slightly after 8.05 am local time (slightly after 7.05 am GMT) on Friday 19 September 2020. 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 18 September 2020 Sidi Bel Abbès Earthquake. Centre Seismologique Euro-Méditeranéen.

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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