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Algeria : Earthquake : 2003/05/21

GLIDE:  EQ-2003-000245-DZA

Duration 2003/05/21
Country or District Algeria
Name Earthquake
Outline On May 21, 2003 at 07:44:19 PM (local time), Northern Algeria was hit by an earthquake of magnitude 6.7 on the Richter scale. At least 250 people have been killed, according to government officials.
Human Impact Physical Impact Others
BBC news 2003/05/30
Dead: 2,261 people
Injured: more than 10,000 people
Missing: thousands people
Collapse or the partial destruction: hundreds of buildings, villas and houses
OCHA Situation Report No.7 2003/05/26
Dead: 2,217 people
Injured: 9,085 people
Homeless: 200,000 people

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BBC news 2003/05/30
The earthquake has left 2,261 dead and more than 10,000 injured.

CNN news 2003/05/28
Algerians in terror of new tremors

OCHA Situation Report No.7 2003/05/26
According to the latest reports from the Algerian Interior Ministry, two thousand, two hundred and seventeen (2,217) persons have died, while those injured now number 9,085.

BBC news 2003/05/26
At least 2,162 people are now known to have been killed and almost 9,000 injured during the tremor, while 2,000 people are reported to be missing.

OCHA Situation Report No.6 2003/05/25
The National Radio Station reports over 2,000 persons dead, over 8100 wounded and some 1,136 other missing.

CNN news 2003/05/25
Crowds claim government allowed poorly built housing

BBC news 2003/05/25
The death toll in the Algerian earthquake has risen to more than 2,000, as more bodies are pulled from collapsed houses.

OCHA Situation Report No.4 2003/05/23
1,467 persons have been reported dead, some 7,000 injured.

Times Online 2003/05/22
The most devastating earthquake to hit Algeria in two decades struck east of the capital last night, killing at least 538 people and injuring more than 4,600.

OCHA ReliefWeb Situation Report No.1 2003/05/22
An earthquake measuring 6.7 (US Geological Survey in Washington) on the Richter Scale hit the northern region of Algeria, close to the capital Algiers, at 19:44 local time on 21 May 2003. According to preliminary information, at least 534 people died and more than 5,000 were injured. Bourmedes (50 kilometers east of Algiers) is the most affected area.

Reuters news 2003/05/22
The latest toll was 536 dead and 4,800 injured.

Algeria Interface 2003/05/22
At least 509 people were killed and 4,737 injured when a powerful earthquake struck northern Algeria.

ABC news 2003/05/22
A powerful earthquake shook the Algerian capital region Wednesday night, killing at least 459 people and injuring more than 2,400, according to the Interior Ministry said.

FOX news 2003/05/21
It was followed by at least three aftershocks.

Reuters news 2003/05/21
Algeria Quake Kills at Least 250, Families Trapped

Reuters AlertNet 2003/05/22
Algeria's strongest earthquake for years struck the capital and nearby towns on Wednesday, killing at least 250 people and injuring nearly 1,700.

OCHA ReliefWeb - AFP Report 2003/05/22
At least 250 people were killed and 1,672 more injured in a powerful earthquake that struck northern Algeria near the capital Algiers late Wednesday, the interior ministry said.

CNN News 2003/05/22
A powerful earthquake measuring 6.7 on the Richter scale hit the Algerian capital on Wednesday night.

BBC News 2003/05/22
At least 450 people have been killed after a powerful earthquake hit northern Algeria, according to government officials.

Geographycal Data Information

ReliefWeb Map (USGS)

USGS National Earthquake Information Center
Earthquake Report Magnitude 6.7

Urgent Report from Supporting Members of the Asian Disaster Reduction Center

Note on the Earthquake in Northern Algeria on May 21
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BBC news 2003/05/24
In pictures: Terrible aftermath

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A victim on a stretcher is being carried into a hospital.