Earthquake rattles south-east France

South-eastern France shaken by strong earthquake Monday evening, a rarity in the region.

Earthquake rattles south-east France

World Bulletin / News Desk

A magnitude 5.2 earthquake shook south-eastern France and northern Italy on Monday evening, according to France's National Seismic Monitoring Network.

The tremor occurred at around 9.27pm and was felt in towns and cities from Marseille to Nice and Aix-en-Provence to Grenoble. The epicenter was approximately 50km inland from the Riviera city of Nice, close to the Italian border, and at a depth of 5km, reported the U.S. Geological Survey.

Although mild tremors are occasionally felt along the Cote d'Azur, the scale of this earthquake is only seen "once every 30 years in France," according to French daily "Le Parisien".

According to science news site, Live Science, the quake was likely caused by “the on-going collision between the African and European tectonic plates.”

Last Mod: 08 Nisan 2014, 12:18
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