Dubai, United Arab Emirates (CNN) – The National Institute for Astronomical and Geophysical Research in Egypt said, on Wednesday, that a moderate earthquake of 4 degrees occurred 17 km northeast of Aswan, but did not result in any losses.
The institute stated, in a statement, on its Facebook page, that the earthquake was at a depth of 10 km.
It is noteworthy that Egypt recently witnessed earthquakes that were weak or medium in strength, but in 1992 it was hit by a 5.8-magnitude earthquake that killed nearly 500 people.
Egyptian officials confirmed, in previous statements, 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.