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Algeria earthquake - 6 dead

2014-08-01 20:10

Algiers - Algerian officials say six people are dead and 420 injured following an earthquake that shook Algiers on Friday morning.

Algeria's health ministry says four of the victims died after jumping from windows in panic. Authorities say two more people died of heart attacks during the quake, which measured 5.6 on the Richter scale.

Most of the injured were treated and released, but 21 remained hospitalized.

The earthquake happened at 04:11 GMT and its epicentre was reported 19km northeast of Bologhine, a town north of the capital.

AP
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