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Moderate quake kills two in Algeria.


May 15, 2010 — Dozens hurt in deadly earthquake that was of magnitude 5.2.

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake has struck the north African nation of Algeria.

At least two people have died and dozens more are injured. The quake hit a region about 200 kilometres south of the capital city, Algiers.

The epicentre was close to Beni Yellman, a town in the M'sila region.

Some homes were destroyed while others were left badly damaged.

Many residents are afraid to go back into any standing buildings for fear they may collapse.

The military is providing tents to people choosing to stay outdoors.

Algeria has been hit by a number of earthquakes in the last few decades.

In 1980 a earthquake in the region killed 3,500 people.

Then in 2003 a magnitude 6.8 quake killed almost 2,300 people and injured more than 10 thousand others.

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