In 1980 when the then-town of El Asnam (Chlef today) was devastated by an earthquake, famed geologist Haroun Tazieff warned of the big one that was yet to come. His televised expert opinion scared many and millions of Algerians did not like what they heard.
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Colin Kilkelly specialises in the Maghreb and is based in Marrakech, Morocco. He has worked in Libya, Algeria, Tunisia, Morocco and Mauritania. Previously he has lived and worked in Pakistan where he was Regional Director for South Magazine, and has visited frequently since then. He interviewed President Musharraf on 3 occasions for Pakistan Special Reports in FIRST Magazine, and has written for Blue Chip Magazine based in Islamabad. He recently wrote the UKTI (UK Government Department for Trade and Investment) folders for commercial investment into Morocco, Pakistan and Libya. He is editor of the Marrakech based on-line English language magazine Yacout Info, which has been publishing since July 2008. He is also a correspondent for the North Africa Journal. He is a member of the Middle East Association(MEA) London.