Earthquake shakes French-Swiss border region

22nd June 2004, Comments 0 comments

GENEVA, June 22 (AFP) - A small earthquake measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale shook parts of northern Switzerland and eastern France early on Tuesday, without causing any damage, authorities said.

GENEVA, June 22 (AFP) - A small earthquake measuring 3.8 on the Richter scale shook parts of northern Switzerland and eastern France early on Tuesday, without causing any damage, authorities said.

About 40 calls were received by emergency services less than an hour after the tremor struck at about 1:10 am, police in the Swiss city of Basel said.

An observatory based in the eastern French city of Strasbourg said it measured the quake at 3.7 on the Richter scale in the city of Mulhouse.

There were no reports of damage but emergency services said they received about 15 calls from worried residents.

Tremors of a similar magnitude occur about once or twice a year in Switzerland, the Swiss Seismological Institute said.

On February 23, an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale and centred near the eastern French city of Besancon was also felt along the French-Swiss border region, but also caused no damage.
 
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