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October 12, 1992, Dahshur, Egypt, Earthquake: A Reprint from “Earthquakes and Volcanoes”
Paul C. Thenhaus (au); Mehmet Celebi (au); Robert V. Sharp (au)
Cairo and northeastern Egypt experienced a rare, damaging earthquake on October 12, 1992. The earthquake, which measured 5.9 on the Richter magnitude scale, was centered near the village of Dahshur, about 18 km south of Cairo. Despite its relatively moderate size, the earthquake caused many casualties and heavy damage, including more than 500 fatalities, more than 6,500 injuries, and about 8,300 damaged or destroyed buildings. Monetary losses directly attributable to the earthquake were estimated at $300 million. The authors were part of an international reconnaissance team that investigated the Dahshur earthquake. This article summarizes their findings and points out how even a relatively moderate sized earthquake can cause widespread damage and a large number of casualties. Illus.
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