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Algeria Earthquake Death Toll at 1,000

Algeria Earthquake Death Toll at 1,000

On Thursday May 22, rescue workers struggled to save survivors and international aid workers rushed to Algeria after the most devastating earthquake in two decades struck near the capital. The 6.7-magnitude earthquake Wednesday night crumbled apartment houses, knocked down walls and toppled trees in the area east of Algiers. Weeping survivors walked among debris, and hospitals overflowed with injured people Blocks of buildings lay in ruins, with unknown numbers of bodies trapped underneath. The official APS news agency said the toll was at least 1,092 dead, nearly 7,000 injured and thousands more were left homeless. The earthquake was the most devastating to hit Algeria since a magnitude-7.1 earthquake struck west of the capital on Oct. 10, 1980, killing 2,500 people. Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia said, “Unfortunately we have not finished establishing these increasingly tragic figures. What is worrying is that there are still many under the rubble.” The earthquake was deadliest in towns near the epicenter about 40 miles east of Algiers, the capital. It struck at about 7:45 p.m., cutting electricity in some Algiers neighborhoods and sparking panic throughout the city. About 10 aftershocks rippled through the area in the following hours, though the city was calm by Thursday afternoon. This has been an international effort to save as many people as possible with rescue teams being sent in from all over.

Who: Rescue workers, international aid workers, survivors, Algerian Prime Minister Ahmed Ouyahia, and APS news agency.

What: An earthquake with a 6.7-magnitude struck near the capital of Algeria killing at least 1,000 people and injuring about 7,000.

Where: Near Algers, Algeria.

When: Thursday May 22, 2003.

Why: It is important because many people have died and we want to save as many remaining people as possible.

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