The National Earthquake Network recorded an earthquake at 7:32 am local time, in the eastern Mediterranean, at a strength of more than six richter, announced the head of the National Research Institute of Astronomy Gad al-Qady.
The earthquake was felt by residents of several regions.
Reuters news agency reported Tuesday morning, that Cairo residents felt an earthquake, while Sky News Arabia reported that it was also felt in Lebanon.
The Egyptian National Seismic Network is one of the most modernized earthquake networks in the world, and Egypt is amongst the first countries to have established a seismic network in the MENA.
The network operates through 70 stations whose locations have been carefully selected in light of the seismic history of all of Egypt. Following the network’s establishment, it has become impossible for any earthquake to occur without recording and monitoring it regardless of its strength.
Egypt is far from seven seismic belts known worldwide. However its proximity to some seismically active areas such as the Gulf of Aqaba, the Gulf of Suez and the Red Sea makes it affected with some earthquakes of medium strength.