Jordan’s port city Aqaba hit by 5 earthquakes

Published on : Wednesday, May 18, 2016

download (11)The port city of Aqaba, 330km south of Jordan’s capital, was struck  by a series of five earthquakes early Monday .The strongest quake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale was registered at around 4:46am, preceded by four aftershocks, the Jordan Seismological Observatory (JSO) said. However, no damages or casualties were recorded.

The first earthquake was centered at a depth of 13 kilometers and took place 66 kilometers south of Aqaba, the geology director at the Energy Ministry, Ali Sawarieh, told Petra.The aftershocks started half an hour after the first earthquake with a magnitude of 2.5 that was centered at a depth of 18 kilometers near the border with Palestine, but it was almost imperceptible, he added.

Aqaba was hit by a strong earthquake in November 22, 1995, with a magnitude of 7.3 on the Richter scale.During the last few months, the southern regions have witnessed several earthquakes.

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