At least three houses collapsed following a 4.9 magnitude earthquake, which struck 3km (2 miles) north northeast of Sidi Mérouane (Mila province) at 07:15 (local time) on Friday, August 7, at a depth of 10km (6 miles). Two homes collapsed in the Old City area of Mila whilst further damage occurred in the Khirba, Khirbet, and Qasr Al-Maa areas. At least one road in the province was also closed due to damage sustained during the quake. No fatalities were reported.
Aftershocks are possible in the affected area over the coming hours and days.
The northern part of the country is susceptible to earthquakes, and these occur fairly regularly, with the potential to cause widespread damage and loss of life. A major earthquake occurred in 2003, killing around 2,200 people and injuring 10,000 others. Smaller quakes have occurred with relative frequency since then. Poor infrastructure increases the risk of damage.
Individuals in the affected area are advised to monitor the situation and prepare for potential aftershocks.
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