In the early hours of Wednesday, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre reported a seismic event registering at 4.6 on the Richter scale in the Mediterranean Sea, approximately 70 kilometers from the city of Tobruk in northeastern Libya.
According to the center’s website, the earthquake occurred at 03:33 AM local time in Libya, precisely 69 kilometers northeast of Tobruk’s coastline, with a depth of 10 kilometers.
This seismic activity, recorded on Wednesday morning, was centered 281 kilometers away from the Egyptian city of Marsa Matruh, as per estimations provided by the center on its website. Experts have cautioned that Libya might be vulnerable to stronger earthquakes during these turbulent times, with the epicenter potentially located “inside Tobruk and its outskirts.”
Furthermore, the western region of Libya is not entirely safe due to the presence of the country’s largest fault line, the “Azizia Fault,” stretching approximately 300 kilometers, making it susceptible to tremors and earthquakes as well.
Moreover, Libyan expert Mohammed Al-Maslati attributed the widespread power outage in Tunisia to a “massive lightning strike” hitting a major power station, a result of the extreme ionization occurring in North African regions due to the weakened magnetic shield of the Earth.