Natural Hazards

, Volume 10, Issue 3, pp 261–274 | Cite as

Observations from the 12 October 1992 Dahshour earthquake in Egypt

  • Hossam S. Badawi
  • Sherif A. Mourad


An earthquake of local magnitude 5.3 (duration magnitudeM d ) on the Richter Scale occurred at Dahshour, 18 km south of Cairo, Egypt, on Monday, 12 October 1992 at 3:09 pm (local time). Numerous aftershocks followed the main event during the following weeks with magnitude up to 4.3. The earthquake occurred in an area that has had no recent seismic activity, and affected many cities in Egypt. Many buildings and monuments were severely damaged or collapsed. Modern concrete skeletal structures suffered minor nonstructural damage. Earthquake physical damage was estimated at about one billion U.S. Dollars. The severity of the damage was mainly due to poor construction materials and detailing, aging, inferior workmanship, and inadequate maintenance. Egypt was generally considered to be an area of moderate seismic activity. In 1989, earthquake provisions were first introduced in the Egyptian Code of Practice for Reinforced Concrete Structures only. The earthquake clearly showed the urgent need for an assessment and rehabilitation program to mitigate seismic risk hazard in existing structures. In addition, future development planning, and earthquake preparedness strategies should implement lessons learned from the event. In this paper, an overview discussion about the observations from the 12 October earthquake is presented.

Key words

Seismic risk Dahshour earthquake Egypt 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Hossam S. Badawi
    • 1
  • Sherif A. Mourad
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringAl-Azhar UniversityCairoEgypt
  2. 2.Department of Structural EngineeringCairo UniversityCairoEgypt

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