Magnitude 4.8 earthquake at the Franco-Swiss border

The tremors were felt up to 230 kilometers from the epicentre. So far, no serious damage has been reported.

A magnitude 4.8 earthquake, the epicenter of which was located on the Franco-Swiss border, according to the National Seismic Monitoring Network (Renass), occurred late Saturday afternoon and was widely felt in the north-east of France. So far, no serious damage has been reported.

According to the first elements and GPS data from Renass, based in Strasbourg, the earthquake occurred at 3:58 p.m. GMT (5:58 p.m. local time) at Schlierbach, a French village in Haut-Rhin, south of Mulhouse, on the border with Switzerland. The epicenter was located about 12 kilometers deep, according to the same source. According to France3 Grand-Est, it is located southeast of Mulhouse, around Kembs (Haut-Rhin).

The tremors were felt over a wide radius. On its site, the Renass thus reported testimonies from the departments of Bas-Rhin, Vosges, Doubs, the Territory of Belfort, Meurthe-et-Moselle or even Ain, nearly 230 km from the ‘epicenter. Shaking computer screens, vibrations, rumblings have been reported as far away as Strasbourg but also Basel (Switzerland) and even in Germany.


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