An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale shook the south of France late on Sunday night.

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South of France shaken by earthquake

An earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale shook the south of France late on Sunday night.

South of France shaken by earthquake

The quake happened at 11.37pm in the south east Alpes-de-Haute-Provence area, waking up thousands of residents, reported regional newspaper Nice Matin.

The epicentre was identified as the village of Crévoux with tremors felt as far away as the port city of Marseille.

“It’s the third one I’ve felt in my life, but the first one to wake me up. Terrifying!” wrote one resident on Twitter.

“For about six seconds the walls and windows were shaking and the bed was moving,” wrote another.

Emergency services received a large number of calls but there were no reports of any serious damage or injuries.

“It’s mostly people who are worried and we were able to reassure them,” a police officer told Nice Matin.

The last time an earthquake of the same magnitude hit the region was in 1997.

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Earthquake measuring 4.9 shakes south west France

People living in south western France felt the earth move on Wednesday morning when an earthquake measuring 4.9 on the Richter scale struck just north of Bordeaux.

Earthquake measuring 4.9 shakes south west France
The epicentre of the earthquake was located 5 km from Montendre. Photo: Google Maps
The earthquake struck at around 10.56 am about 50 kilometres north of Bordeaux. 
 
It could be felt all the way from Bordeaux to the city of Poitiers in western France, according to France's National Seismic Monitoring Network (RéNass).
 
The epicentre of the earthquake was about 5 km from Montendre in the Charente-Maritime department in southwestern France.
 
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The tremors were felt in several departments of the south west, such as the Gironde, Charente and Charente-Maritime departments.
 
The chimneys of two empty apartments collapsed in the town of Barbezieux, according to local newspaper Sud Ouest which could have been down to the earthquake.
 
“I felt a slight swaying, my sofa went from right to left, it rocked like I was on a boat,” François Aliane, 58, a resident of Gençay (Vienne), near Poitiers told the French press.
 
Another person living in the area tweeted: “4.9 earthquake near Bordeaux. First time for me there's such a big one here. I'm fine but I heard people sitting on higher floors did feel a lot of vibrations” (see tweet below). 
 
 
“No major damage has been caused, the local services are keeping an eye on the situation,” said the local authorities in the Dordogne department in south west France. 
 
The earthquake near Bordeaux followed another earthquake in the port city of Brest in Brittany at 12.20 am on Tuesday morning, which measured 3.7 on the Richter scale. 
 
Did you feel the earth move in south western France? Tweet us @TheLocalFrance
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