Groningen rocked by "substantial" earthquake

30th October 2008, Comments 0 comments

A KNMI spokesman said the earthquake which shook Groningen Thursday morning approached 3.5 on the Richter scale.

30 October 2008

GRONINGEN - A "substantial" earthquake was felt in the north-eastern Dutch province of Groningen, the Dutch weather research centre KNMI said Thursday.

The spokesman for the KNMI, located in De Bilt in the central Netherlands, told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa it was a "relatively substantial" earthquake "approaching 3.5 on the Richter scale".

The KNMI could not yet confirm the exact size of the quake.

The earthquake was felt around 7 am in the morning. No damage has been reported.

Groningen, a predominantly rural area, is the only Dutch province where gas can be found. Gas extraction takes place on a large scale, resulting in light earthquakes every now and then.

[dpa / Expatica]

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