Twin earthquakes wake up Düsseldorf

People in Düsseldorf were rudely awakened as two minor earthquakes rocked the area early Wednesday morning, the local geological authority confirmed.

Twin earthquakes wake up Düsseldorf
The seismological record of the Düsseldorf earthquake. Photo: DPA

At 5:53am people in the surrounding area woke to loud noises and shaking. Twenty minutes later, a weaker aftershock hit.

The Earthquake station in Bensberg in North Rhine-Westphalia (NRW) confirmed that a 1.9 magnitude earthquake was followed by a 1.6 magnitude on the Richter scale earthquake.

"The strength of the earthquake is just over the threshold for people to notice the movement. We do not expect that it damaged any buildings," the press statement by the Geological Service NRW read.

Many residents reported on social media hearing a loud bang and others noticed the movement.

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German authorities impose second local coronavirus lockdown

Germany on Tuesday placed a second district under lockdown over a coronavirus outbreak at a slaughterhouse, just hours after similar restrictions were imposed for a neighbouring area.

German authorities impose second local coronavirus lockdown
A man wearing a protective suit in the district of Gütersloh after a coronavirus outbreak at a meat plant. Now neighbouring district Warendorf is going into lockdown. Photo: DPA

“In order to protect the population, we are now launching a further safety and security package to effectively combat the spread of the virus,” North Rhine-Westphalia health minister Karl-Josef Laumann said Tuesday, ordering a lockdown for the district of Warendorf.

Authorities had earlier announced similar measures in the neighbouring district of Gütersloh after more than 1,500 workers tested positive for Covid-19 at the slaughterhouse.

Almost 280,000 people live in Warendorf. Businesses and cultural facilities will close, while all schools and daycare centres (Kitas) will also shut their doors.

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In Gütersloh the new lockdown affected 360,000 people living there and will be in place until at least June 30th.

It came after more than 1,500 workers out of a total of nearly 7,000 have tested positive for Covid-19 at the slaughterhouse in Rheda-Wiedenbrück run by Tönnies.

All workers are currently in quarantine. However, authorities are now turning to tougher rules to try and control the spread of coronavirus.

The new lockdown in Gütersloh means a return to measures first introduced in March, with cinemas, museums, concert halls, bars, gyms, swimming pools and saunas shut down.

However, restaurants can remain open with rules in place.

Schools and Kitas were already closed last week in a bid to control the virus.