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Nocturnal earthquake awakens the Valais

there was A light earthquake in the night of Tuesday the Central Valais. The epicenter was located near the sanetsch pass to the North of Sion. The seismological service of the ETH dozens of messages from citizens were received in the result of the vibration.

The quake occurred at 1.54 PM with a Magnitude of about 3.4 on the Richter scale at a depth of 4.7 kilometers, such as the Swiss seismological service at ETH Zurich (SED) in a first automated message announced. The earthquake is likely to have been felt near the epicenter significantly. Damages are not expected at this strength in the rule.

In Switzerland, it always comes back to is usually a smaller earthquake. For the current year, the SED counted so far around 1200 Tremors. Of the population in fact, approximately 10 to 20 earthquakes felt per year with a magnitude of from about 2.5.

Region with the highest hazard

Overall, the seismic hazard of Switzerland is in the European comparison, at the middle level. Strong earthquakes up to a Magnitude 7 are possible, but much less frequently than in high-risk areas, such as Italy or Turkey.

Valais is the Region with the highest risk, followed by Basel, Graubünden, St. Gallen Rhine valley, Central Switzerland and the rest of Switzerland. (chk/sda)

Created: 05.11.2019, 02:52 PM

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