Important historic earthquakes in Egypt

The list of the 50 most recent earthquakes in this country can be found at the bottom of this page.

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Label info : M = magnitude, D = depth (km), Time = UTC time

SRC Location UTC Date/time M D INFO
EMSC Egypt Jan 21 16:54 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Cairo - i felt the floor shaking which was my first time feeling it i was really shocked how it felt like and it was only 4.6 i am thinking about how it would feel with a magnitude of 9.0 like the one that happened in japan. thank god no damaged happened
  • Cairo - My house shaked and my lanterns i felt it
  • Le Caire - aucun dégât constaté et non ressentie dans la rue
  • Cairo - The third shake this month
  • Le Caire - non ressenti à l'extérieur, aucun dégât, toujours étrange de ressentir cette sensation
  • Nasr City - Very week shaking of sofas
  • 6th October City - On Wednesday 25 January 2017 around 9:00pm. I live on a 4th floor building, I felt my chair shaking and it was very noticeable.
  • Cairo - I was sitting on my bed studying on my laptop when I felt shaking. Outside people were cheering for football and shouting. First I thought I was upset from the noise then it continued and the chandelier started balancing. I was terrified and the children were asleep in another room. It lasted around 10 seconds.
  • Maadi, Cairo - Just a short wiggle and some popping noises from the movement of our building.
  • Cairo, Egypt - This was the 2nd earthquake this week, yes we felt both but 25th was a bit stronger and longer in time
  • Tanta - no damage
  • Giza - there is no damage but it is very small shaking
  • USGS Bilbays, Egypt Jan 21 16:54 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Egypt Jan 21 16:54 4.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Egypt Jan 17 15:49 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Egypt Dec 27 01:49 4.1 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Egypt Nov 29 17:01 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Dhahab, Egypt Nov 29 17:01 4.4 14 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Egypt Nov 29 17:01 4.4 30 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Dahab - Building shook.
  • Dahab,Janub Sina - Tamam
  • Dahab - Some well noticable shaking and rambling, but only for 20-30 seconds.
  • Sharm El Sheikh - It felt like a strong vibration for a few seconds and then everything was still. No damage.
  • EMSC Egypt Jul 09 14:03 4.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Egypt Jul 09 14:03 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Egypt May 16 01:46 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Egypt May 16 01:46 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Cairo - Nothing damaged around just feel the shake :-
  • Cairo - (it was lightly in our area but it seems some strong near red sea
  • Cairo - Earthquake in cairo egypt i felt it :/
  • Cairo - No damage. I just felt the tremor. The chandelier was swinging slowly.
  • Giza - No damages, just a shake.
  • Aqaba - Felt a slow left-to-right, heavy, rolling-type shake that lasted 7-8 seconds.
  • Dahab, South Sinai - My ground floor house shaked sideways moderately for 10 to 15 seconds followed by very weak shaking for another 10 to 15 sexonds
  • Dahab - De hond had mij wakker geblaft buiten in de tuin. niet veel later was het alsof iemand over het platte dag denderde en dan lig ik te schudden in mijn bed.Geen schade wel geschrokken
  • Dahab - I woke up from shaking. It felt strong.
  • Sharm El Sheikh - There were two shakes. The first one woke me up and short after the came the second one that lasted for about 10 seconds. Nothing was damaged as far as I know
  • Sanaa - We felt 3 earthquake in Sanaa and caused slight damages in some houses in specific areas.
  • Sharm el Sheikh - Vanmorgen 16-05 2016 om 4.15 uur een matige beving maar wel scheuren in het pleisterwerk van mijn woning.het nieuws zegt 5 op de schaal van Richter en ja,kastdeuren rammelden en de vloeren bewogen ongeveer 30 seconden.Twee weken geleden een lichtere beving.
  • USGS Dhahab, Egypt May 16 01:46 5.0 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    USGS Al `alamayn, Egypt Sep 03 01:44 4.5 16 MAP I Felt It
    GEOFON Egypt Sep 03 01:44 4.4 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Egypt Sep 03 01:44 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Nuwaybi`a, Egypt Jul 08 02:15 3.5 12 MAP I Felt It INFO
    ER New Alert : Egypt? Felt It? Jun 27 16:07 0.1 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Egypt Jun 27 15:34 5.2 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Fanara, Sharm El Sheikh - Had just arrived in tht hotel room at Fanara. Bed shook and unbalanced coffee table rattled. Lasted 5-10 seconds, then nothing else. Felt as if we were in a tunnel and some big truck traffic was passing over. :)
  • Sharm - Was in my hotel room when everything started shaking. Made me and my partner feel abit sick. There was no damage as it didn't last long
  • Sharm - Was in my room when everything started shaking. It didn't last long and no damage the only thing i can say is it made me and my partner feel abit sick
  • Sharm el shake - It was scary
  • GEOFON Egypt Jun 27 15:34 5.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Dahab - Weak shaking for 5 sec
  • 6th October - Pecae! I felt a small jolt at about 5:40pm local Egypt time.
  • Cairo - Felt a shake for about 5-7 secs
  • Cairo - Wasn't sure until checked online for time and date
  • Sharm el Sheikh - Geen schade ofzo maar allles leek te bewege. Ik lag op bed en lag te shaken in bed
  • Hurghada - Licht
  • Sharm El-Sheikh - I didn't experience any damage in my area. However it was a strong shaking earthquake that lasted only a few couple of seconds. It's magnitude is estimated to be M5+
  • Sharm el sheik - Was lead in bed before getting ready for dinner and the entire bed wobbled about 4 times. My partner in the room experienced it too
  • Dahab South Sinai - No damage lasted for several seconds
  • Cairo - No damage, but prolonged slight swaying of the building for approx a minute
  • Ain Musa - At approximately 1735 GMT+2 We felt a strong earthquake in the Suez South Sinai area. It lasted for about 10-15 second. Our 2 story villa was moving during the shake. No damage to our villa that we know of.
  • Cairo - Felt everything moving. Was standing in the kitchen when I felt I was about to loose my balance. Fan was moving around and utilities on the walls as well.
  • Sharm - Shaking of beds, windows and furniture, lasted about 5 seconds. No damage
  • Ismailia - light shake felt like some one was rocking the bed for a few seconds
  • Cairo - Moderate shaking east west, 11th floor.
  • Cairo - Lasted about 30 seconds. Was very nauseated right before and dizzy after.
  • Sharm el-Sheikh - Lasted about 4 seconds, the building and walls were shaking but no appliances or furniture shifted and nothing fell off the shelves. No damage at all, but most people nearby felt it. The time was 17:35 local time on June 27, 2015, in Nabq Bay, north of the airport.
  • Nabq Bay Sharm El Sheikh - Woke up and whole room shaking, aware of it for apx. 5 seconds... Noise like a plane... People don't seem to bothered by it. 26th June 2015
  • El Gouna - Zat op een terras toen ik dacht dat iemand mijn stoel bewoog Dit herhaalde zich 4 tot 5 keer
  • cairo - 3 to 5 seconds in two repeated times
  • Qena - no damage at all thanks god
  • Sharm el Sheikh - I felt shaking floor, couch and windows. The cat ran out.
  • Egypte - Stond op het balkon licht schudden
  • Sharm el sheikh - No damage to hotel. Felt it for about 5 seconds.
  • Cairo - Was lying on the sofa and felt a light tremble. No damage
  • Gouna - 10 seconds
  • Sharm el Sheikh - Felt the ground shake beneath our feet
  • Luxor - I was sitting in the sofa, when I felt my body started to shake.... I do not know if anything outside has been damaged.
  • Caire - Its the first time for me
  • Sharm - Felt in hotel bed and tv shook
  • Cairo - I live on the 5th floor. There was a jolt and the lights swung.
  • Sharm el Sheikh - no damage, just shaking for few seconds.
  • Dahab - Secousse sans dégât éboulement dans les montagnes visibles de la plage par des nuages de poussieres
  • Cairo - I was lying down. Felt the whole building shaking. It was 5.38. It lasted foe over a minute.
  • Sharm El Sheikh - Chandeliers & dishes in cupboard shook. I thought the ceiling was coming down. Floors shook, lasted for only a matter of seconds
  • Heliopolis, Cairo - Slight east-west motion felt whilst sitting on furniture and light fitting swayed for about 15-20 seconds
  • Cairo - At 0540 PM i was working on my computer for 15-20 Seconds there was moderate shaking. I live in the 5th Floor. Not easy to decide waht to do at this time. Awaeness and Prepardness is so important at these critical times !!
  • Sharm - me n my girlfriend were sitting around pool all of a sudden ground started to shake We look looked around but nobody else seems notice because they were inside the pool in the water I made a remark about a sunami we looked at each other and ran upstairs.
  • Sharm el Sheikh - As usual drama hits Sharm. Very weak earthquake has made lit up social media as old women with young toy boys who need hash and viagra to make the bed move actually found the earth move for real
  • Sharm El Sheikh - It was a 5.1 richter earthquake.. nothing particular about it, the window was shaking.. that's all, but we survived :P
  • Dahab - Strongest earthquake i have ever experienced here, was quite substantial. Caused some land slides in the mountains but so far no major damage reported.
  • Sharm el sheikh - 10 seconds timelapse
  • Sharm El Sheikh - We were in the hotel's shop when we felt the earthquake. Slight shaking at first but them felt a stronger shake and the onurments and glass doors of the shop were shaking fairly well. Slightly shocked as was the staff in the shop. No damages just couple of things dropped on the floor.
  • Dahab - Két rengés volt azonnal egymás után.
  • Dahab - Bottles fell on the floor general shaking lasted five seconds
  • Cairo - weak shaking in Cairo
  • Sharm El Sheikh - Felt like someone was wobbling my chair. Lasted only around 5 seconds. No damage that I am aware of
  • Sharm el Sheikh - Me and hubby lying on bed when the whole bed started shaking back and forth the chandelier on ceiling was also shaking rapidly. We stayed at Le Royal hotel Naama Bay and everyone we talked to experienced it.
  • USGS Nuwaybi`a, Egypt Jun 27 15:34 5.2 11 MAP I Felt It
  • Sharm el sheikh - Thought someone was shaking the bed I was on. Woke me up from my afternoon nap!
  • Sinai Taba - Pour moi jai eu la peur de ma vie car jetais sur le lit jai jamais vue un lit bouger comme sa et aussi les vitre vibré a ce point la
  • sharm el sheik - In hotel room when bed and lamps started visibly shaking for 5-10 seconds. No damage.
  • Sharm el Sheik - wir waren erst 2 stunden im hotel angekommen, sind an die beach bar und aufeinmal wackelten stühle tische und der boden schwankte und bewegte sich für bestimmt 30 sekunden
  • USGS Al Hamul, Egypt Feb 27 12:53 4.3 15 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Egypt Feb 27 12:53 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Egypt Feb 27 12:53 4.5 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Egypt Aug 12 20:56 3.2 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Egypt Aug 06 10:03 3.0 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Egypt Jul 22 13:20 3.5 23 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Egypt Jul 22 06:46 2.6 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Al Qurayn, Egypt Jul 22 03:03 4.3 5 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Egypt Jul 22 03:03 4.7 2 MAP I Felt It
  • Cairo - No damage just light shaking to ponder
  • Suez - i was sleeping in my bed when I felt the bed shaking for about 10 seconds
  • Fifth Settlement - It woke me up. The period of time i felt it was just 1 second
  • Cairo - Felt shaking through bed and chair and fan on wall was shaking for approximately 15 seconds.
  • Geza-Cairo - moving from S TO NORTH
  • Madinet Nasr - Rocked back and forth for about 20 seconds. Was in bed on the ninth floor.
  • Cairo - I felt it it was long this time. This is the third earthquake since the beginning or Ramadan but this one was the strongest and longest I think
  • Cairo - everything was vibrating and shaking, felt by others as well! it was at 5.15 AM local time. we were still awake bec of ramadan 22 july 2014
  • Geza-Cairo - moving under bed from south to north under ground for 3 sec it was funny
  • Cairo - Sleeping. Bed shook for what seemed like a long time but was probably 15ish seconds.
  • New Cairo - chair, desk and bed shook. totally felt it...
  • Cairo - No damages but it lasted for a while
  • GEOFON Egypt Jul 22 03:03 4.6 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    GEOFON Egypt Jul 18 20:01 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Cairo - Nothing damaged
  • Cairo - No damage
  • Suez - No property damaged. This is the second time in last ten days. Though the earlier one i did not feel it. But was confirmed by many people.
  • EMSC Egypt Jul 18 20:01 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • madinat Nasr - aucun dégats simplement une secousse
  • USGS Suez, Egypt Jul 18 20:01 4.2 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Egypt Jan 24 12:30 3.8 16 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Cairo - No damage. Just a very light shake. I was leaning on the wall taking some measurements so I felt the shake.
  • EMSC Egypt Oct 23 12:33 3.3 10 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Egypt Aug 31 07:15 3.8 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
    EMSC Egypt Jun 01 11:49 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Maadi - mon lit bougeait assez fort puis sur le chevet l'eau de ma bouteille vacillait
  • GEOFON Egypt Jun 01 11:49 4.8 20 MAP I Felt It INFO
  • Cairo - felt it
  • cairo - mild shaking..
  • Cairo - Light shaking
  • Cairo Egypt - Taking a nap when the bed started to shake.
  • maadi, cairo - Family could feel it while they sat down and could see the water move back and forth in the water bottle.
  • Cairo - its a bad feeling
  • Maadi, Cairo, Egypt - we live on a second floor apt & although not strong shaking, it we felt it for quiet a while
  • new cairo - felt dizzy then noticed water in bottles moving
  • cairo - mild sideways shaking for about 5 seconds (i live on the twelvth floor)
  • Assuit City,Egypt - Well I was sitting on a Plastic chair and felt like a light shaking in the chair, my mother was resting on a bed and felt the bed shaking
  • Cairo, Mokkatam - I was sitting on the sofa when it started to shake, and I was working on my laptop which was shaking as well. It last for seconds and then stopped. But I was the only one felt it at home.
  • maadi, cairo, Egypt - both me and my hubby were sitting still and felt a mild swaying. we live on the 12th floor.
  • Maadi, Cairo - Felt weak-mild shaking, while inside our 5th floor apartment
  • Cairo , Fifth Settlement - I was setting at the desk working and looking by incident on the floor , felt the floor shaking under my feet and the desk too ....
  • Madinat Nasr, Cairo - Felt a light shaking/rocking while sitting in a seventh-floor flat.
  • Cairo - Mohandiseen - While sitting in a chair, it rocked back & forth. I was on the 6th floor of an apartment building.
  • Cairo - i lived in Giza-cairo
  • Cairo - I feel it in cairo
  • USGS Egypt Jun 01 11:49 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    USGS Egypt Jan 17 21:17 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Egypt Jan 17 21:17 4.9 10 MAP I Felt It
  • Alexandria, Egypt - I was watching a movie on bed and noticed the bed and tv shacking.
  • Egypt, Sharkia - Light shaking
  • Alexandria, Egypt - First time I felt an earthquake in Alexandria. About 5-10 seconds shaking building
  • Azarita, Alexandria, Egypt - i felt the my whole room is shaking.
  • Cairo - Felt the ground jolt a bit. Noone else in the room felt it though
  • Alexandria, Egypt - All of a sudden i felt the walls around me swaying and heard windows moving violently.. my sister says things fell from our neighbours' balcony and furniture moved slightly.. overall it's an definetly moderate earthquake but luckily no word of any serious damage..
  • GEOFON Egypt Jan 17 21:17 4.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    EMSC Egypt Jan 30 17:04 4.3 60 MAP I Felt It
  • Sharm El Sheikh - was sitting on the bed in hotel room and strange sensation of the bed wobbling a little - but nothing to panic about !
  • Hurghada - I was in the bedroom of my flat fourth floor at about 7pm when there was an intense shaking of the wardrobe doors like someone was trying to get out and at the same time the front door sounded like someone was violently trying to get it open and get in. It felt like the building was going to fall down as if someone was shaking the whole thing! Never experienced anything like it before did not know what was happening it seemed like minutes but was probably only seconds when it stopped. Freaky!
  • James Daniell CATDAT Cyprus, Egypt Oct 09 07:00 6.8 29 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Israel, Jordan , Lebanon Nov 22 08:00 7.2 13 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT Egypt Aug 03 07:00 5.8 10 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT Egypt Oct 12 07:00 5.8 23 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT Egypt Mar 31 08:00 6.8 3 MAP I Felt It
    James Daniell CATDAT Egypt Sep 12 07:00 6.7 33 MAP I Felt It

    Data sources courtesy : USGSEMSCGFZGEONET

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    MMI II (Very weak shaking) ?
    People :
    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.
    Structures :
    Walls and frames of buildings, and partitions and suspended ceilings in commercial buildings, may be heard to creak.
    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.
    Structures :
    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) ?
    People
    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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