Tuesday, July 15, 2008

Rhodes Quake felt in Egypt

An Earthquarke hit the historical Greek island of Rhodes and killed one woman at 06:26 local time, the epicenter of the quake was 70 Km south of the island in the Aegean Sea or 561 km northwest of Alexandria.


It was also felt in Cairo and a number of other governates in Egypt, including the mediterranean coast and the delta region. The Earthquake measured 6.3 on the Richter scale, and no damage was reported in Egypt.

Unfortunately Egypt is situated on the outskirts of a very seismically active area, less than a month ago the latest quake was reported on June 21st(4.3 R). It´s not alwawys the quakes with the highest figure on the Richter scale that has the most devastating impact. On October 12th 1992 Cairo was hit by an earthquake, with the magnitude of 5.9 on the Richter scale that killed about 500 people. The historical area of Old Cairo was hit, and some part of the city´s Islamic and Coptic cultural heritage was among buildings struck, fortunately most could later be restored.

Here is some more information on the Ricther scale.

If and when any additional info becomes available it will be updated here.

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