An earthquake hit the New Aquitaine region in western France on Friday. According to various sources, it had a magnitude of about 5. In the department of Deux-Sevres, some roads and buildings were damaged, train traffic was disrupted throughout the region. There are no reports of casualties or damage.
According to the European Mediterranean Seismological Center (EMSC), the epicenter of the earthquake was between the municipality of Nior and the city of La Rochelle in the Nova Aquitaine region and had a magnitude of 4.9. The French seismological surveillance service ReNaSS reported that the magnitude of the quake was 5.3. According to the German Geological Research Center (GFZ), the magnitude was 4.8 and the tremors occurred at a depth of 10 kilometers.
Damaged buildings and traffic jams
In the department of Deux-Sevres, some roads and buildings were damaged. Train traffic across the region is disrupted, including the Paris-Bordeaux connection.
Aftershocks are possible in the west of France in the coming hours, media in the Vendée department reported.
There are no reports of casualties or damage. There is also no information about disruptions in the operation of nuclear power plants.
Media: felt in many places
According to witnesses, the tremors were felt in many places, almost all over the west of the country. As the daily “Le Figaro” points out, this is an extremely rare phenomenon.
The information portal 20minutes.fr reports, citing reports from Internet users, that the tremors were felt, among others, in in Rennes and Nantes in Brittany, Bordeaux in New Aquitaine and Angers in the Pays de la Loire region.
As reported by EMSC on Twitter, the quake was well felt at a distance of 200 kilometers and less so at a distance of 400 kilometers from the epicenter.
PAP, Reuters, Le Figaro, tvnmeteo.pl
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