Magnitude 4.8 earthquake hits northeastern France


A 4.8 magnitude earthquake hit eastern France this weekend, with effects felt as far away as Germany and Switzerland.

Residents felt shaken across Alsace at 5:58 p.m. on Saturday September 10, with the epicenter between Mulhouse and Basel.

The epicenter is located southeast of Mulhouse, 8 km in the region of Sierentz (Haut-Rhin). Seismological data on the French seismology site said two aftershocks also took place, one at 6:08 p.m. and another at 6:31 p.m. The depth was about 12 km.

No damage or injuries were reported.

Many residents said they felt as if the earthquake was causing a loud “boom” sound, followed by vibrations and a cracking sound. One wrote on Twitter: “I was scared, everything shook. I thought something had exploded.

One explained: “At first I thought it was a huge gust of wind. But then I looked out the window and saw that couldn’t be it. One wrote: “The roof of my house shook, and so did my computer screens,” while another said: “We were a little scared.

Another resident wrote: “I thought I was going crazy, but no! and another even said, “You would have thought a plane had fallen from the sky.”

The Bas-Rhin emergency services (SIS 67) reported having received several calls but none required intervention. They even reminded residents not to call unless there was a real emergency.

Mayor of Mulhouse, Michele Lutz, said to France 3 that for the moment, there had been no reports of casualties or major damage. She said: “There was a bit of panic, which is normal. But we remain vigilant, with the prefecture and the rescue services.”

The effects of the earthquake were also felt in the Territoire de Belfort, Vosges, Doubs, Meurthe-et-Moselle, Ain, Franche-Comté, Lorraine, Switzerland and Germany.

The Haut-Rhin prefecture said: “Along with the Alps, Provence and the Pyrenees, Alsace is one of the regions of mainland France where seismic activity is most likely, particularly in the southern zone.”

And yet, one Twitter user said that despite being in the affected area, he didn’t feel much. One of them joked: “I missed my very first earthquake, I’m furious!

The last effects of the earthquake to be felt in the region were on July 9, 2022. The epicenter of this incident was in Germany.

The largest earthquake in the region’s history was reported in 1356, when a major earthquake, estimated at a magnitude of 6.6, destroyed the city of Basel.

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