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Earthquake shakes Rhine-Main region overnight

DDP/DPA/The Local · 29 Jun 2010, 10:04

Published: 29 Jun 2010 10:04 GMT+02:00

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The tremor occurred at 12:42 am and was measured at 3.7 on the Richter scale by the German Research Centre for Geosciences (GFZ) in Potsdam.

The state geology authority for Rhineland-Palatinate registered the quake at 3.4 on the Richter scale.

The epicentre was reportedly northwest of the Frankfurt Airport some six kilometres under the earth’s surface, head of the state authority Friedrich Häfner said.

Such earthquakes are not unusual in the region and are therefore “no cause for worry,” he said.

While police and fire departments reported receiving many phone calls about the tremor, they conducted no related rescue operations, and no damages were reported.

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Most of the calls came from near the epicentre in western districts of Frankfurt, they reported.

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10:50 June 29, 2010 by Clapoti
What's going on these days... there was an earthquake in Canada (east Ontario and west Quebec) not long ago... 5.5 on the Richter scale, those things don't happen very often in those regions.
10:58 June 29, 2010 by Armand2800
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14:03 June 29, 2010 by JohnnesKönig
I thought that was my wife snoring...
17:33 June 29, 2010 by MunchingInMuenchen
My wife was moaning and saying "You rock my world"... I don't feel so good about it now...
17:50 June 29, 2010 by VoodooDingy
12.42AM is not correct. It was close to 3AM! And the epicentre was in the Kriftel-Kelsterbach-Raunheim triangle!
21:18 July 1, 2010 by Mr Goodmorning
Clapoti, earthquakes of that size are actually pretty common in the Quebec/New York/New England area. I felt the Quebec one from my office in Boston and recall feeling another one of the same size in 2002 that shook an area in the Adirondacks, just west of Lake Champlain.
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