Third earthquake hits Belgium

14th July 2008, Comments 0 comments

A third earthquake measuring 2.8 on the Richter scale shook the grounds of Belgium on early Monday morning.

14 July 2008

BELGIUM – An earthquake measuring 2.8 on the Richter scale shook the area around Dour in the province of Hainaut early Monday morning. A light aftershock was felt 4 hours.

This was the third earthquake to hit Wallonia in a couple of days. On Saturday evening and Sunday afternoon, light earthquakes were reported in the province of Walloon Brabant near the city of Waver.

The first earthquake measured 2.1 on the Richter scale; the second quake was 3.6 on the Richter scale.

The distance between Court-Saint-Etienne, the epicentre of the two earthquakes near Waver, and Dour is about 60 kilometres.

"According to preliminary estimations, there is no connection between the earthquakes," says seismologist Kris Vanneste of the Belgian Royal Observatory.

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