Moderate earthquake near Bejaia (Algeria) - At least 11 people treated for various injuries


Update May 29, 13:23 UTC : The mayor of Bejaia has reported that many houses and buildings have been slightly damaged (cracks, etc) and that 2 houses have been seriously damaged. The number of injured (mostly nervous breakdowns) was raised from 10 to 20.

Update May 27, 08:39 UTC : Several houses and buildings showed cracked walls in Tichy, Baccaro and Aokas, east of the city of Bejaia. These areas were closest to the epicenter. According to the same sources, the Aokas mosque was slightly damaged.

Slight damage at mosque tower in Aokas - image courtesy Aokas forum

Slight damage at mosque tower in Aokas - image courtesy Aokas forum

Update 22:12 UTC : Local press reports are indicating that 11 people have been treated for various indications in local hospitals. 2 students were injured while jumping out of a window in panic (never do that yourself).  Other people had nervous breakdowns. None of the injured had direct shaking injuries as far as we could see.
Widespread panic was reported from the locations closest to the epicenter (including Bejaia). People ran out in the streets and stayed there for a while out of fear for aftershocks.
We expect a better roundup tomorrow morning.

Update 17:24 UTC : According to some Twitter sources, 4 persons are reported injured (to be confirmed).
This earthquake can be called an aftershock of the M5.5 earthquake which struck the same area on May 19.
The city/village of Aokas is closest to the epicenter. As the epicenter was however in the Mediterranean Sea, the shaking impact will have been weakened somewhat.

Image courtesy Madi Nasser - View of Aokas

Image courtesy Madi Nasser - View of Aokas

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The moderate earthquakes at the Northern Aleria coast seem not to stop the last couple of weeks. This time the epicenter was located close to the Bejaia coast. Bedjaia is a big city with 164000 inhabitants.
We expect at least some minor damage from this earthquake.

image courtesy EMSC

image courtesy EMSC

194 km E of Algiers, Algeria / pop: 1,977,663 / local time: 17:00:57.0 2013-05-26
12 km E of Bejaïa, Algeria / pop: 164,103 / local time: 17:00:57.0 2013-05-26

Most important Earthquake Data:

Magnitude : 5

Local Time (conversion only below land) : 2013-05-26 17:00:57

GMT/UTC Time : 2013-05-26 16:00:57

Depth (Hypocenter)  : 8 km

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SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Northern Algeria May 26 16:00 5.0 12 MAP
  • Béjaia centre - C'était fort comme secousse !! La terre bouge, c'est normal, mais en Algérie ce qui fait peur ce sont les constructions qui ne répondent pas aux normes, d'où la panique.
  • GEOFON Northern Algeria May 26 16:00 5.0 8 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Sidi ahmed - Ca fait peur...
  • Tizi Ouzou - j'ai senti pendant a peu pres 7 secondes
  • Bejaia - ici a bejaia sa fait trés fort sidi ahmed presque tous dehors
  • Bejaia / Sidi Ahmed - ici a sisi ahmed sa fait tres fort et meme tous bejaia
  • Amizour - salut voila en as tous sentire a se seisme là le dimanche a 17h05 merci.
  • Bejaia - je te en plien examin tt le mond a panique en est tt sortie a par moi je recopie les bon repons xd
  • AOKAS BEJAIA - Maisons fissurés,etals de commerces par terre,armoire et televiseur à terre,
  • Bougie Ville - cette fois ci les vibrations étaient horizontales y'a klk fissures et klk objets qui sont tombés
  • EMSC Northern Algeria May 26 16:00 5.0 12 MAP
    USGS Northern Algeria May 26 16:00 5.0 14 MAP



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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
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    Felt by persons at rest, on upper floors or favorably placed.
    MMI III (Weak shaking) ?
    People :
    Felt indoors; hanging objects may swing, vibration similar to passing of light trucks, duration may be estimated, may not be recognized as an earthquake.
    MMI IV (Light shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally noticed indoors but not outside. Light sleepers may be awakened. Vibration may be likened to the passing of heavy traffic, or to the jolt of a heavy object falling or striking the building.
    Fittings :
    Doors and windows rattle. Glassware and crockery rattle. Liquids in open vessels may be slightly disturbed. Standing motorcars may rock.
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    MMI V (Moderate shaking) ?
    People :
    Generally felt outside, and by almost everyone indoors. Most sleepers awakened. A few people alarmed.
    Fittings :
    Small unstable objects are displaced or upset. Some glassware and crockery may be broken. Hanging pictures knock against the wall. Open doors may swing. Cupboard doors secured by magnetic catches may open. Pendulum clocks stop, start, or change rate.
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    Some large display windows cracked. A few earthenware toilet fixtures cracked.
    MMI VI (Strong shaking) ?
    People Felt by all. People and animals alarmed. Many run outside. Difficulty experienced in walking steadily.
    Fittings :
    Objects fall from shelves. Pictures fall from walls. Some furniture moved on smooth floors, some unsecured free-standing fireplaces moved. Glassware and crockery broken. Very unstable furniture overturned. Small church and school bells ring. Appliances move on bench or table tops. Filing cabinets or "easy glide" drawers may open (or shut).
    Structures :
    Slight damage to buildings with low standard. Some stucco or cement plaster falls. Large display windows broken. Damage to a few weak domestic chimneys, some may fall.
    Environment :
    Trees and bushes shake, or are heard to rustle. Loose material may be dislodged from sloping ground, e.g. existing slides, talus slopes, shingle slides.
    MMI VII (Very strong shaking) ?
    General alarm. Difficulty experienced in standing. Noticed by motorcar drivers who may stop.
    Fittings :
    Large bells ring. Furniture moves on smooth floors, may move on carpeted floors. Substantial damage to fragile contents of buildings.
    Structures :
    Unreinforced stone and brick walls cracked. Low standard buildings cracked with some minor masonry falls. A few instances of damage to buildings of ordinary workmanship. Unbraced parapets, unbraced brick gables, and architectural ornaments fall. Roofing tiles, especially ridge tiles may be dislodged. Many unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, often falling from roof-line. Water tanks Type I burst. A few instances of damage to brick veneers and plaster or cement-based linings. Unrestrained water cylinders (hot-water cylinders) may move and leak. Some common windows cracked. Suspended ceilings damaged.
    Environment :
    Water made turbid by stirred up mud. Small slides such as falls of sand and gravel banks, and small rock-falls from steep slopes and cuttings. Instances of settlement of unconsolidated or wet, or weak soils. Some fine cracks appear in sloping ground. A few instances of liquefaction (i.e. small water and sand ejections).
    MMI VIII (Severe shaking) ?
    People Alarm may approach panic. Steering of motorcars greatly affected. Structures : Low standard buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. ordinary workmanship buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged in some cases. A few instances of damage to buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes. Monuments and pre-1976 elevated tanks and factory stacks twisted or brought down. Some pre-1965 infill masonry panels damaged. A few post-1980 brick veneers damaged. Decayed timber piles of houses damaged. Houses not secured to foundations may move. Most unreinforced domestic chimneys damaged, some below roof-line, many brought down. Environment : Cracks appear on steep slopes and in wet ground. Small to moderate slides in roadside cuttings and unsupported excavations. Small water and sand ejections and localized lateral spreading adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
    MMI IX (Violent shaking) ?
    Structures Many low standard buildings destroyed. Ordinary workmanship buildings heavily damaged, some collapse. Reinforced masonry or concrete buildings damaged, some with partial collapse. Buildings and bridges designed and built to resist earthquakes damaged in some cases, some with flexible frames seriously damaged. Damage or permanent distortion to some buildings and bridges, designed and built to normal use standards. Houses not secured to foundations shifted off. Brick veneers fall and expose frames. Environment : Cracking of ground conspicuous. Landsliding general on steep slopes. Liquefaction effects intensified and more widespread, with large lateral spreading and flow sliding adjacent to streams, canals, lakes, etc.
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