MAY 2003 M 6.9 ALGERIA EARTHQUAKE
RESULTED FROM ~ 5 mm/yr CONVERGENCE BETWEEN AFRICAN AND EURASIAN PLATES
Algeria has many destructive earthquakes. In October 1980, the city of El Asnam was severely damaged by a M 7.1 earthquake that killed at least 5000 people. El Asnam is approximately 220 km west of this earthquake.