1992 Cairo earthquake

1992 Cairo earthquake
UTC time
ISC event
Date October 12, 1992 (1992-10-12)
Local date
Local time
Magnitude 5.8 mb
Depth 22 km (14 mi)
Epicenter 29°46′41″N 31°08′38″E / 29°46′41″N 31°08′38″E / 29.778; 31.144
Areas affected Egypt, Cairo
Max. intensity VIII (Severe)
Casualties 545 dead, 6,512 injured

The 1992 Cairo earthquake occurred at 15:09 local time (13:09 UTC) on 12 October, with an epicenter near Dahshur, 35 km (22 mi) south of Cairo. The earthquake had a magnitude of 5.8, but was unusually destructive for its size, causing 545 deaths, injuring 6,512 and making 50,000 people homeless. It was the most damaging seismic event to affect Cairo since 1847. [1]


Cairo is sited within a diffuse zone of faulting that transfers extension from the Gulf of Suez Rift to the Manzala rift beneath the Nile delta. [2]