Strong quake hits Alsace and Germany

5th December 2004, Comments 0 comments

FREIBURG IM BREISGAU, Germany, Dec 5 (AFP) - An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale shook the region around this southwest German town early Sunday, prompting numerous calls to the fire services, the Baden Wuerttemberg regional geological office announced.

FREIBURG IM BREISGAU, Germany, Dec 5 (AFP) - An earthquake measuring 5.4 on the Richter scale shook the region around this southwest German town early Sunday, prompting numerous calls to the fire services, the Baden Wuerttemberg regional geological office announced.

Across the border in eastern France the tremor which occurred at 0152 GMT was put at 4.9 on the Richter scale, according to the Strasbourg Observatory.

The epicentre of the quake was located at the village of Waldkirch in Switzerland's Emmendingen canton. The effects of the tremor were felt over a 250 kilometre (150 mile) radius, the office said.

Freiburg police said rescue services had received many calls. While there were no immediate reports of injuries or damage, the office said that given the size of the quake it was logical to expect some damage within 40 kilometres (25 miles) of the epicentre.

The trinational alert network grouping rescue services in France, Germany and Switzerland said there had been "some damage" near the epicentre.

The tremor was felt strongly in the south of Alsace in France. "We have received more than 1,000 calls in 20 minutes" said the fire brigade spokesman for the Haut-Rhin region in Colmar.

The strongest previous quake in the region was measured at 5.9 on the Richter scale on February 22, 2003 and was felt as far away as the Paris region.

© AFP

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