Algeria’s Center of Research in Astronomy, Astrophysics, and Geophysics (CRAAG) announced in a statement that an earthquake of 5.2 Magnitude with 10 km depth shook the province of Skikda, Algeria on Sunday at 4:53 AM. The earthquake should have definitely been widely felt by almost everyone in the area of the incident, and it might have caused light or moderate damage as shallow earthquakes are actually felt more strongly than deeper ones because they’re closer to the surface. Unfortunately, there are no immediate or official reports released of the casualties or material damage.
Algeria has experienced many destructive earthquakes over the years, for example, in 1954 and 1980 the city of El Asnam (now known as Chlef) was severely damaged by earthquakes of 6.7 and 7.3 magnitude, as well as many other large earthquakes that have severely damaged the coastal cities of Algeria. But why is the world turning a blind eye to the recent earthquake? there are literally almost zero coverage from both the Algerian and international platforms. No one is writing about what happened, no relief organization is sending aids to the people who got injured, who lost their homes and shops. We still don’t know how many people lost their lives, got injured, or simply need help.
We still don’t know how severe the situation is, as yesterday the same province got hit with an earthquake for the third time in 24 hours!