6 die after Algerian quake sparks panic in capital

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6 die after Algerian quake sparks panic in capitalALGIERS (Reuters) – At least six people died after a magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit southeast of the Algerian capital Friday, shaking buildings and sending panicked families rushing into the streets of Algiers, authorities said.

The United Geological Survey said the quake had struck nine miles (14 km) southeast of Algiers and its epicentre recorded at a relatively shallow depth of 6.2 miles. [eap_ad_2] There were reports of major damage, according to Algerian television. But four people died trying to jump from windows or escape their buildings panic and another died of heart , a official said.

Many Algerians still have strong memories of 2003 when Algeria’ strongest earthquake years – measuring 6.7 – struck the capital and surrounding areas, at least 2,000 people and crumbling buildings nearby towns.[eap_ad_3]