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Algeria: Earthquake: 1999/12/22 Country Information on DRR

Period 1999/12/22
Country or District Algeria
Event Type Earthquake
Outline An earthquake hit northwest Algeria on Wednesday, 22 December 1999 at 18:37 hours local time. According to the United States Geological Survey, the earthquake measured 5.5 on the Richter scale, while the Swiss Seismological Service indicated 5.2 and the media reported 5.8 on the Richter scale. The epicenter was situated in the mountains of Tessala.The Ministry of Interior confirmed that 22 people died and 49 people were hospitalized. The media reported 175 people were injured.
Human Impact Physical Impact Others
OCHA Situation Report No. 2 1999/12/28
5,000 families (approximately 25,000 persons) were affected by the earthquake.
1,500 families (approximately 7,500 persons) are living in tents.
3,000 houses were destroyed.
The Algerian Red Crescent reported that more than 100 social infrastructure facilities such as schools, health centers and administrative centers were destroyed.

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OCHA Situation Report No. 2 1999/12/28
The media reported that the Government of Saudi Arabia contributed food and tents to the victims and the Government of Turkey is dispatching emergency aid through the Red Crescent. The Government of France reportedly indicated its intention to provide assistance.

OCHA Situation Report No. 1 1999/12/23
The Government reported that roughly 500 tents and 1,000 blankets were sent to the area, along with rescue teams. The Minister of Interior and the Minister of Health traveled to the region today, 23 December.