An earthquake of 6.0 M (5.9 M for the Astrophysical and Geophysical Astronomy Research Center of Algeria, CRAAG) at a depth of 10 km occurred off the northern coast of Bejaia Province (northern-central Algeria) on 18 March at 00.04 UTC. The epicentre was located approximately 21 km north-east of Bejaia City and 190 km east-northeast of Algiers.
A small tsunami has been generated and was detected rather far from the epicentre, in Sardinia. A Tsunami Advisory message has been issued by the Tsunami Service Providers (INGV and CENBALT).
The CRAAG reports seven aftershocks with magnitude up to 5.1 M in the area. USGS PAGER estimates that up to 107,000 people were exposed to very strong shaking and 308,000 to strong shaking.
According to the Civil Protection of Algeria and media, some buildings have been slightly damaged but there are no reports of any casualties.
The authorities are providing the damage assessment across the affected region. The seismic event was also felt in the capital city Algiers.