Last Updated: Saturday, December 21, 2013

Strongest earthquake this year shakes Germany

M 3.5 strongest earthquake this year shakes western Germany, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) reported.

According to the EMSC, the quake's epicenter was located just 7 km S of Haltern and 44 km SW of Münster. It was 1.4 miles deep.

Earthquake was felt in parts of Haltern am See and Dorsten. No damage or injuries have been reported.

This quake was caused by the coal mining activity in Northern Ruhr area. Similar earthquake with magnitude 2.5 – 3.0 was felt in Germany in October 2013.

Local seismological observatories of Ruhruniversity Bochum and University Cologne have however assigned magnitude 3.0 for this earthquake.

Earthquakes in Germany are relatively weak but occur several times a year and rarely cause any damage.

06:03 UTC (local time 07:03 2013-12-20 @ epicenter)

Epicenter Location
7 km S of Haltern, Germany
44 km SW of Münster, Germany
58 km NE of Düsseldorf, Germany
175 km SE of Amsterdam, Netherlands


Original post: Natural Disasters List December 20, 2013

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