Luxor and Aswan in southern Egypt rocked by earthquake

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CAIRO, Jan 23, (Agencies): This afternoon, the governorates of Luxor and Aswan in southern Egypt experienced an earthquake, with no reported loss of life or injuries.

Dr. Gad Al-Qadi, the head of the National Institute for Astronomical Research, detailed that the National Seismic Network’s stations recorded an earthquake with a magnitude exceeding 4.5 on the Richter scale, situated to the east of Luxor.

Previously, experts from the National Institute for Astronomical Research in Egypt had informed Al Arabiya Net about the most hazardous active seismic regions in the country. They affirmed that areas in the north, east, and south may encounter tremors, although these are often imperceptible, and citizens typically do not feel them.

While Egypt, in general, is considered safe and lies outside major earthquake belts, occasional weak to moderate earthquakes occur, especially those originating in the eastern Mediterranean and northern Red Sea.

The experts highlighted ongoing seismic activity in specific regions, including the north and east of the Red Sea, the Dahshur region south of Cairo, and Abu Zaabal and Al-Khanka northeast of Cairo.

Additionally, seismic events occur in the eastern Mediterranean, affecting cities along the northern coast like Alexandria, Rasheed, and Damietta, with their impact extending into parts of the Delta region.

They noted that comparatively less seismic activity occurs in the southern part of the country, such as the Kalabsha area in Aswan. This region experienced an earthquake in 1981, resulting in significant cracks in the rocks along one of the banks of Lake Nasser.

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