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5.0-magnitude quake hits 41 km S of Massawa, Eritrea

Posted by: Semere Asmelash

Date: Thursday, 14 September 2023


Eritrea: Magnitude-5.0 earthquake occurs east of Asmara at around 20:51 Sept. 13

Magnitude-5.0 earthquake occurs east of Asmara, Eritrea, at around 20:51 Sept. 13. No immediate reports of damage or injuries


Event

A magnitude-5.0 earthquake occurred east of Asmara at around 20:51 Sept. 13. The epicenter was about 39 km (24 miles) south of Massawa. The tremor occurred at a depth of about 15 km (9 miles), and light-to-moderate shaking was probably felt throughout much of Eritrea. There have been no initial reports of damage or casualties as a result of the earthquake; significant damage is unlikely. It could take several hours until authorities can conduct comprehensive damage assessments, especially in remote areas. Aftershocks are likely over the coming days.

Officials may temporarily shut down transportation infrastructure in the tremor zone to check for damage. Minor disruptions could occur during shutdowns, but service will likely resume quickly if no damage is found. Utility outages are possible, particularly near the earthquake's epicenter.

Advice

Plan accordingly for aftershocks. Consider vacating multistory buildings if operating in affected areas until authorities confirm their structural integrity. Allow additional time for air and road travel, as aftershocks may prompt brief disruptions. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving in hilly areas in the affected region due to potential landslides.











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