Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The National Institute for Astronomical and Geophysical Research in Egypt announced, on Friday, that it had detected an earthquake that was felt by citizens in several regions of the country.
The institute said, in a statement on its Facebook page, that “the earthquake was 27 kilometers north of the city of Suez,” and added that “the earthquake had a magnitude of 4.1 on the Richter scale and was at a depth of 10 kilometers.”
According to the statement, “no loss of life or property was reported.”
Egypt was recently exposed to earthquakes, including a 7.7-magnitude earthquake, 691 km north of Rafah – east of the capital, Cairo – without causing loss of life or property.
Egyptian officials said that their country was not affected by the earthquake that struck areas in Turkey and Syria on February 6, nor by the aftershocks of this earthquake, because Egypt is far from the earthquake belt, and will not enter this region in the current geological period.
And Dr. Sherif El-Hadi, head of the earthquake department at the Astronomical Research Institute, stated, in previous statements to CNN in Arabic, that Egypt is far from the earthquake belt, whether in Turkey or passing through the Mediterranean, which passes through the Hellenistic and Cypriot arc, next to Cyprus and Crete, and they are far from the Egyptian shores. At a distance of 450 km, which may lead to tsunami waves from the Mediterranean Sea on the Egyptian shores in the event of huge earthquakes.
Sherif Al-Hadi explained that earthquakes cannot be predicted in any region around the world, but earthquakes can be expected in any region, according to statistical calculations about its history of earthquakes.