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Algiers hit by 5.5 quake, no immediate reports of injuries

File - Algerian children fly kites on the Sablettes seafront promenade in Algiers.

ALGIERS: A magnitude 5.5 earthquake hit southeast of the Algerian capital Friday, shaking building and sending panicked families rushing in the streets in Algiers and nearby towns, witnesses and officials said.

The United States Geological Survey said quake struck 14 km southeast of Algiers with an epicenter was recorded at a relatively shallow depth of 6.2 miles.

There were no immediate reports of damage or injuries, according to Algerian state television.

In 2003, Algeria's strongest earthquake in years - measuring 6.7 - struck the capital and surrounding areas killing at least 2,000 people and crumbling buildings in nearby towns of Bourmerdes and Rouiba.

 

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