Eritrea: Magnitude-5.5 earthquake occurs in Northern Red Sea Region, Dec. 26

Map of EritreaA magnitude-5.5 earthquake occurred in Northern Red Sea Region, Eritrea, at 15:21 Dec. 26. The epicenter was about 150 km (94 miles) southwest of Asmara, Eritrea. The tremor occurred at a depth of about 10 km (6 miles), and moderate shaking was probably felt near the epicenter, as well as light shaking across parts of central Eritrea and far northern Ethiopia. There have been no initial reports of damage or casualties as a result of the earthquake, and, significant damage is unlikely. Some damage to rudimentary infrastructure is possible near the epicenter. It could take several hours until authorities can conduct comprehensive damage assessments, especially in remote areas. Light aftershocks are likely over the coming days.

Officials may temporarily shut down transportation infrastructure in the tremor zone to check for damage. Minor disruptions could occur during shutdowns, but service will likely resume quickly if no damage is found. Utility outages are possible, particularly near the earthquake's epicenter.


Plan accordingly for aftershocks. Consider vacating multistory buildings if operating in affected areas until authorities confirm their structural integrity. Allow additional time for air and road travel, as aftershocks may prompt brief disruptions. Seek updated information on road conditions before driving in hilly areas in the affected region due to potential landslides.