Editions:  Austria · Denmark · France · Germany · Italy · Norway · Spain · Sweden · Switzerland
Advertisement

French Alps shaken by 140 earthquakes in just over a month

Share this article

French Alps shaken by 140 earthquakes in just over a month
Photo: Screengrab SisMalp
09:46 CET+01:00
Residents in one part of the French Alps are starting to grow a little concerned after the area was hit by 140 earthquakes in the last 40 days.
Those living in the Maurienne part of Savoie in the French Alps have been getting used to being shaken awake at night in recent weeks.
 
Earthquake observation organisation Sismalp have registered 140 minor tremors in the region in the last 40 days. The strongest tremor registered 3.8 on the Richter scale.
 
While none of the earthquakes have caused any structural damage, they are starting to fray the nerves of locals, who have been briefed about how to act in the case of a powerful tremor.
 
"The noise is like a storm coming from far way. Everything shakes. I said 'that's it, all the tiles are going to break," Martine a resident of the village of Montgellafray told Europe1 radio.
 
"The last earthquake was really frightening. Since the end of August it has never stopped. Every two days there is one and they are getting more common."
 
Another resident of the village, named Yves said: "Everyone is asking questions. Everyone in the village is talking about it."
 
(Map: France3 Regions)
 
Seismologists say they are unable to explain the increase in the number of earthquakes in the region, but have placed five new sensors in the valley to "monitor and better understand the phenomenon".
 
After a series of quakes along the French Riviera in  2014 a specialist seismologist told The Local that south east France would be hit by a big earthquake at some point in time.
 
"We don't know when a big one will come, but it will and there will be fatalities," he said.
 
READ ALSO:

'One day a deadly earthquake will hit France'

Get notified about breaking news on The Local

Share this article

Advertisement

From our sponsors

Is this the world’s most international business school?

It's not just one of the world’s leading business schools. It’s also a chance for students to have a truly international undergraduate experience.

Advertisement
Advertisement
3,533 Jobs
Click here to start your job search
Advertisement
Advertisement

Popular articles

Advertisement
Advertisement