Earthquake hits east Egypt, no damages reported

An earthquake of 4.9 on the Richter scale hit the eastern part of Egypt on Sunday, said the National Research Institute for Astronomy and Geophysics (NRIAG). No human or material damage has been reported.

NRIAG's chief, Hatem Ouda, said the quake took place at 3:27 AM at the entrance to the Gulf of Suez, latitude 27° and longitude 34°. Residents of Hurgada, in the Red Sea governorate, felt it.

Ouda said there were two aftershocks, one of 3.9 on the scale at 4:49 AM and of 4.4 at 6:52 AM.

He is unsure if more aftershocks will occur, but said if they do they will be lower in magnitude.


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