Egypt is one of the few regions of the world where evidence of historical earthquake activity has been documented during the past 2,800 years (e.g.,Sieberg, 1932; Ismail, 1960; Gergawi and El Khashab, 1968; Karnik, 1969; Ben-Menahem, 1979; Ibrahim and Marzouk, 1979; Maamoun, 1979; Poirier and Taher, 1980; Kebeasy et al., 1981; Makropoulos and Burton, 1981; Maamoun et al., 1984; Savage, 1984; Riad and Meyers, 1985). Instrumental recording of earthquakes started as early as 1899 (Kebeasy, 1990). The unfortunate recent (magnitude 5.9; 12 October...

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