Details of Disaster Information

Algeria : Earthquake : 2006/03/20
GLIDE: EQ-2006-000038-DZA  DRR & Disaster Information

Duration 2006/03/20
Name Earthquake
Outline On 20 March 2006, at approximately 20.44 local time, an earthquake measuring 5.8 on the Richter Scale shook eastern Algeria, particularly the Bejaia Wilaya. According to the Algerian Geological Centre (CRAAG), the quake’s epicentre was located a kilometre from the commune of Kherrata. Four persons (one woman, and three children aged between 10 and 13 years) were killed and approximately nine were injured.

Human Impact Physical Impact Others

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  • ReliefWeb 2006/03/25
    Thirty houses were destroyed, 32 had major damage; and this resulted in 200 families becoming homeless. Damage was also reported to roads, which in the initial hours after the earthquake, rendered inaccessible the mountainous areas ; and severely hampered the rescue efforts.
Geographycal Data Information
  • U.S. Geological Survey
    Preliminary Earthquake Report on the Magnitude 5.0 earthquake occurring in northern Algeria on March 20, 2006 at 08:44:24 PM (local time).
  • Reuters AkertNet 2006/03/22
    Natural color satellite image map showing Bejaia region and surroundings
  • Reuters AkertNet 2006/03/21
    Algerian earthquake survivors stand next to their destroyed house at Laalam village, 70 km (38 miles) from Bejaia, northeastern Algeria, March 21, 2006. At least four people, three of them children, were killed and 68 people were injured when an earthquake measuring 5.8 hit northeastern Algeria on Monday evening, a police spokesman said.