a slight earthquake felt Saturday morning in Deux-Sevres


A seismograph. (drawing) – FREDERICK FLORIN / AFP

The earth shook slightly on Saturday morning around 9 am in the Bressuire sector (Deux-Sevres), in the Center-West, where a tremor of magnitude 3.7 on the Richter scale was felt, without damage or injury, we learned from seismologists and rescue services.

The "low" intensity tremor had its epicenter in the area of ​​Saint-Pierre in Champ, about 30 km north-east of Bressuire and 35 km southwest of Saumur (Maine-et-Loire), according to the data collected by the French Central Seismological Office (BCSF) in Strasbourg, based on some 74 testimonials.

Several seismic episodes in France in November

The firefighters of Deux-Sevres said they received "no call" and did not perform any intervention related to this jolt.

The sector, bordering the Pays de Loire and Nouvelle-Aquitaine regions, is located in a "moderate" seismicity zone according to the cartography of the National Institute of Geographical and Forest Information (IGN). According to the BCSF, three earthquakes of "severe" to "very brutal" perception intensity were felt within a radius of 80 km around the epicenter in 1657, 1711 and 1772.

France has experienced several seismic events this month, near Pau (magnitude 3.8), Strasbourg (magnitude 3.1) and in the Rhone Valley, November 11, where a major quake of magnitude 5.4 caused many damage especially in Teil (Ardeche), town of 8,500 inhabitants near Montelimar (Drôme).

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