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Moderate Quake Occurs Near Cairo

December 17, 2001

CAIRO, Egypt (AP) _ A moderate earthquake occurred near Cairo on Monday, the National Research Institute of Astronomy and Geophysics said. No injuries or damage were immediately reported.

The chief of the institute, Ali Abdel-Adim Tialib, said the epicenter of the magnitude-4.4 quake was in Dahshur, 22 miles south of Cairo.

Dahshur was hit by a 4.9 tremor on June 12. It is home to a number of pyramids, temples and tombs of ancient Egyptians.

The tremor occurred at 6:25 a.m., Tialib said.

Quakes measuring 5 or more can cause considerable damage.

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