Earthquake strikes Ethiopia, Eritrea

Earthquake strikes Ethiopia, Eritrea


An earthquake of magnitude 5.5 struck north Ethiopia and Eritrea on Tuesday, the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ) said.

The earthquake was at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles), GFZ said.

The tremor occurred at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles), and light-to-moderate shaking was probably felt throughout much of Eritrea and parts of far northern Ethiopia.

There have been no initial reports of damage or casualties as a result of the earthquake; however, some damage is possible in areas near the epicenter.

It could take several hours until authorities can conduct comprehensive damage assessments, especially in remote areas. Aftershocks are likely over the coming days.

Officials may temporarily shut down transportation infrastructure in the tremor zone to check for damage.

Minor disruptions could occur during shutdowns, but service will likely resume quickly if no damage is found.

Utility outages are possible, particularly near the earthquake’s epicenter.

[The East African Daily]

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