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Earthquake in Algeria

Tuesday, 21 March 2006

Type of Event:
Earthquake
Location of Event:
Algeria
Date of Charter Activation:
21/03/2006
Charter Requestor:
French Civil Protection Agency
Project Management:

Description of the event

An earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale killed four people and wounded more than sixty others in the area of Laalam, in the North-East of Algeria. It struck on Monday evening in the Laalam area, the locality of Laalam - in the North-East of Algeria - leaving four dead and 67 wounded according to a provisional report. According to the Algerian Center in astronomy, astrophysics and geophysics (ARCAA), the magnitude was 5.8 on the Richter scale and the earthquake took place at 20h44 local time. Its epicentre was located close to the town of Kherrata, located between Béjaia and Sétif, 300 km to the east of Algiers.

About thirty houses collapsed and civilians and military dispatched provided help at the scene and continued to do so throughout the night. The people killed are three children of 5, 9 and 13 years and a 26 year old adult. Several aftershocks followed the first quake, forcing inhabitants to spend the night outside. The Director of the Health Service in Béjaia - 60km from Laalam - declared in the evening that nobody had been badly injured and and that they had suffered only from fractures or emotional shock. "They have all been given the best of care", he added. Algeria ia often affected by earthquakes as the north of the country is located in a seismic area where the Eurasian and African plates conjoin. Algiers and the surrouding area was hit on May 21, 2003, by a violent seism that left 2300 dead and more than 10 000 wounded.  

Overview topographic map of Bejaia, Algeria, scale 1:500,000

Source: --
Acquired: --

Copyright: USGS 2000, vectors: NGIA, ESRI Image processing, map created 21/03/2006 by SERTIT

Regional overview relief map of Bejaia, Algeria, scale 1:200.000

Acquired: --

Copyright: USGS 2000, vectors: NGIA, ESRI Image processing, map created 21/03/2006 by SERTIT

Space map over the Bejaia area, Algeria at 1:200,000 using Landsat 7 ETM natural color data.

Source: Landsat 7 ETM
Acquired: 02/04/2001

Copyright: USGS 2000 Image processing, map created 21/03/2006 by SERTIT

Reference Space Map, Bejaia area, Algeria at 1:150,000 using SPOT 5 THR data acquired the 12/01/2004.

Source: Spot 5 THR 2,5 m resolution
Acquired: 12/01/2004

Copyright: CNES 2004 Image processing, map created 21/03/2006 by SERTIT

Reference Space Map over the Kherrata area, Algeria at 1:50,000 using SPOT 5 THR data acquired the 12/01/2004.

Source: Spot 5 THR 2,5 m resolution
Acquired: 12/01/2004

Copyright: CNES 2004 Image processing, map created 21/03/2006 by SERTIT

Reference Space Map over the Souk et Tanine region, Algeria at 1:100,000 using SPOT 5 THR data acquired the 12/01/2004

Source: Spot 5 THR 2,5 m resolution
Acquired: 12/01/2004

Copyright: CNES 2004 Image processing, map created 23/03/2006 by SERTIT

Reference Space Map over the Souk et Tanine area, Algeria at 1/50 000 using SPOT 5 THR data acquired the 12/01/2004

Source: Spot 5 THR 2,5 m resolution
Acquired: 12/01/2004

Copyright: CNES 2004 Image processing, map created 23/03/2006 by SERTIT

Reference Space Map over the Souk et Tenine region, Algeria, at 1:100,000 using Radarsat Standard Mode 12.5m data acquired the 04/03/2001

Source: RADARSAT-1 12.5 m resolution
Acquired: 04/03/2001

Copyright: Canadian Space Agency 2001 Image processing, map created 26/03/2006 by SERTIT

Reference Space Map over the Souk et Tenine area, Algeria, at 1:100,000 using Radarsat Standard Mode 12.5m data acquired the 04/03/2001

Source: RADARSAT-1 12.5 m resolution
Acquired: 04/03/2001

Copyright: Canadian Space Agency 2001 Image processing, map created 26/03/2006 by SERTIT

Crisis Space Map over the Souk et Tenine area, Algeria, at 1:50,000 using SPOT 5 THR data (2.5m) acquired the 23/03/2006

Source: SPOT 5 2.5 m resolution
Acquired: 23/03/2006

Copyright: CNES 2006 Image processing, map created 26/03/2006 by SERTIT

Crisis Space Map over the Béjaia et Souk et Tenine regions, Algeria, at 1:200,000 using Radarsat Fine Mode (6.25m) acquired on the 24/03/2006

Source: RADARSAT-1 6.25 m resolution
Acquired: 24/03/2006

Copyright: Canadian Space Agency 2001 Image processing, map created 27/03/2006 by SERTIT

Crisis Space Map over the Souk et Tenine area, Algeria, at 1:100.000 using IRS P6 LISS 4 data (5m) acquired the 23/03/2006

Source: IRS P6 5 m resolution
Acquired: 23/03/2006

Copyright: NRSA 2006 Image processing, map created 27/03/2006 by SERTIT

Crisis Space Map over the Souk et Tenine area, Algeria, at 1:100,000 using SPOT 5 THR data (2.5m) acquired the 23/03/2006

Source: SPOT 5 2.5 m resolution
Acquired: 23/03/2006

Copyright: CNES 2006 Image processing, map created 26/03/2006 by SERTIT