Last Updated: Sunday, March 20, 2016

100 yrs strongest 'Bothnia earthquake' shakes Sweden & Finland


Earthquake epicenter ma of Sweden and Finland
Magnitude 3.9 earthquake in Gulf of Bothnia shook Sweden and Finland at 10:55 pm Saturday night.

According to Swedish National Seismic Network (SNSNs), although ​​the Gulf of Bothnia has a relatively high seismic activity but have not had a quake of this size in the last 100 years. 

Tremor was widely felt across Sweden and Finland including Moron, Pitea, Lulea, Skelleftea, Haparanda, Kalajoki, Oulu and Umea.

No preliminary damage or injuries have been reported.

Earlier, the Swedish National Seismic Network mentioned magnitude 4.0 quake with epicenter in Gulf of Bothnia. Eight minutes later, it was revised to 3.9. 

SNSNs webbsidor reports:

2016-03-19 23:03: Uppdatering Bottenviken: Skalvet 22:55 i Bottenviken skedde 47 km rakt öster om Kinnbäck, 60 km sydöst om Piteå och 80 km nordväst om Skellefteå. Skalvet uppmättes till magnitud 3,9 och skakade om kustområdet runt Bottenviken. Senast ett större skalv inträffade i området var i juni 2010, då ett magnitud 3,6 skalv skedd i närheten av Bureå, söder om Skellefteå.
Detta område i Bottenviken har en relativt hög seismiskt aktivitet men har inte haft ett skalv av denna storlek under de senaste 100 åren. 

Last year, the Swedish National Seismic Network recorded magnitude 4.1 earthquake near AElvdalen and mentioned it as a 'rare earthquake in Sweden' with such magnitude.