For the third time in 48 hours, the south of France was hit by an earthquake.

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France hit by third earthquake in two days

For the third time in 48 hours, the south of France was hit by an earthquake.

France hit by third earthquake in two days

The latest measured 4.0 on the Richter scale and hit the Alpes-de-Haute-Provence area late on Monday afternoon.

Like the earthquake which hit late on Sunday evening measuring 4.9, the epicentre was just north east of the small town of Barcelonnette.

The latest earthquake was weaker and “felt slightly by locals” according to the French centre for seismology.

A third earthquake hit the western Charente-Maritime region on Sunday morning with a magnitude of 3.8.

Earthquakes are fairly rare in France and tend to strike in the south of the country. 

The city of Nice was hit by a 4.6 earthquake in 2001 while the south-east Annecy region was shaken by one measuring 5.3 in 1996.

“It’s from about 5 or 5.5 that we start to see damage to buildings,” said the seismologist Yann Klinger, reported on news website francesoir.fr.

“The biggest earthquake in France was in 1909. It hit the Aix-en-Provence region but we don’t know the exact scale because it was the beginning of the 20th century,” he said. 

“The damage was significant and the earthquake caused the death of around 50 people.”

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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. 
 
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