Benghazi, 14 April:
The town of Al-Marj, located some 160 kilomteres east of Benghazi, was struck by an earthquake on Thursday measuring . . .[restrict]3.6 on the Richter scale. According to the local council, there were no casualties or damage. However, it is reported that there is a great deal of fear in the local community, partiularly that there could be further quakes of greater magnitude.
On 21 February 1963, much of A-Marj was destroyed by a 5.6 earthquake which killed some 300 people and injured 500 more. It was Libya’s biggest in modern times. A new town was built five kilometres from the old site.
Most recently the town experience the earthquake of 2008, which measured 4.2 on the Richter scale. The region is in an earthquake zone.
As a precaution in case of further shocks, the local council has formed an emergency response team.