Source: Agence France-Presse (AFP)
Date: 27 May 2003
Earthquake measuring 5.8 on Richter scale hits Algeria
ALGIERS, May 27 (AFP) - A strong earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter
scale jolted Algeria late Tuesday, according to seismological authorities in
Strasbourg, France, as quoted by Algerian state radio.
The temblor hit less than a week after a more powerful quake killed more
than 2,200 people in a swath of northeastern Algeria.
Hundreds of buildings threatened to collapse after having been damaged in
the quake measuring 6.8 on the Richter scale that struck on May 21.
Massive relief operations were in full swing across the afflicted area
although international teams were preparing to head home in the coming days.
Algerian state radio was broadcasting brief appeals for calm in between
songs, as sirens of emergency services vehicles could be heard on the
The people made homeless by the first quake had finally begun to move into
tent cities after delays in marshalling a government response to the crisis.
Scores of aftershocks have struck Algeria since the first quake hit last
The death toll from last week's quake stood Tuesday at 2,218 dead and almost
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