List of earthquakes in Egypt

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Seismic hazard for the Eastern Mediterranean from the Global Seismic Hazard Assessment Program (GSHAP) in terms of peak ground acceleration with a 10% chance of being exceeded (or a 90% chance of not being exceeded) within the next 50 years

This is a list of earthquakes in Egypt, including earthquakes that either had their epicenter in Egypt, or caused significant damage in Egypt.

Seismic hazard[edit]

Seismic hazard in Egypt is highest at the southern end of the Gulf of Suez, the northern Red Sea and around the Gulf of Aqaba, the location of the active plate boundaries. The highest risk is the southern end of the Dead Sea Transform.

Notable earthquakes[edit]

Date Time‡ Place Lat Long Fatalities Mag. Comments Sources
November 27, 885 Cairo 30.0 31.1 1,000 X [1]
March 18, 1068 morning Hejaz
see 1068 Near East earthquake
29.5 34.95 ~20,000 ≥7.0 Affected a wide area of Egypt, Sinai, Hejaz. The location given is the macroseismic epicenter, although the earthquake was probably located in the Gulf of Aqaba
September 2, 1754 Cairo 30.8 31.0 40,000 The death toll is questioned, but is not unreasonable for a shallow earthquake in an area of high population density [2]
August 7, 1847 Faiyum 29.5 30.5 185 XI [3]
September 12, 1955 06:09 Offshore Alexandria
see 1955 Alexandria earthquake
32.2 29.6 18 6.3 Ms 89 injured
March 31, 1969 07:15 Red Sea, Sharm El Sheikh
see 1969 Sharm El Sheikh earthquake
27.58 33.9 2 6.6 Mw 15 injured
October 12, 1992 13:09 Cairo
see 1992 Cairo earthquake
29.778 31.144 545 5.8 mb 6,512 injured
November 22, 1995 04:15 Gulf of Aqaba
see 1995 Gulf of Aqaba earthquake
28.826 34.799 9–12 7.3 Mw 30–69 injured

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