eastern Mediterranean region, kills 1
October 9, 1996
Web posted at: 1:30 p.m. EDT (1730 GMT)
JERUSALEM (CNN) -- At least one person was killed Wednesday
when a strong earthquake rocked a wide swath of the
eastern Mediterranean region, shaking buildings in parts of
Israel, Egypt, Turkey and Cyprus.
The Egyptian Interior Ministry said a woman died when her
home collapsed about 38 miles (60 kilometers) north of the Egyptian capital Cairo.
No other casualties or substantial damages from the quake were reported.
The U.S. Geological Survey said the magnitude 6.8 earthquake
was centered off the southwest coast of Cyprus, about
55 miles (88 kilometers) southwest of Limassol.
CNN reporters in Jerusalem and the Egyptian capital of Cairo said they felt
the tremor. Israel Radio reported that the entire country was jolted. Reports in
Cairo suggested the quake lasted more than two minutes.
(23 sec./256K AIFF or WAV sound of
Walter Roders describing the fault line)
"I felt a tremendous shake; the door was banging and my chair was moving
around. Everyone ran down the stairs and the elevators got stuck," said Magdi
Awaida, who works on the 22nd floor of the downtown Cairo's Radio and Television
Dozens of people ran into the streets of Cairo, terrified their
buildings might collapse.
"It caused lots of panic -- people running out of their homes," CNN
Correspondent James Martone said from Cairo.
He added that state television was downplaying the incident, saying the quake
lasted 30 seconds, not two minutes. (17 sec./192K AIFF or WAV sound)
Nearly four years ago to the day, a quake struck Cairo, killing more than
450 people, injuring 4,000 and causing extensive damage to buildings.
The quake was also felt in Cyprus and in Lebanon, where tall buildings
swayed in downtown Beirut.
The Associated Press and Reuters contributed to this
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