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Magnitude 4.8 Earthquake Strikes France

PARIS, France - A moderate earthquake of magnitude 4.8 shook parts of western France on Friday, according to the German Research Center for Geosciences (GFZ).

  • The earthquake's epicenter was near a commune in the Charente-Maritime region of western France, at a depth of 10 km (6.21 miles), GFZ said.

  • There was no immediate information on casualties or damage from the quake.

  • The GFZ revised an earlier measurement of 5.5. magnitude earthquake.

The quake was felt as far as Bordeau, Nantes, and Poitiers, according to local media reports. Some residents reported hearing a loud rumble and feeling their houses shake.

France is not a seismically active country, but it does experience occasional earthquakes, mostly in the Pyrenees and the Alps. The last major earthquake in France occurred in 1909 when a 6.2 magnitude quake killed 46 people and injured hundreds more in Provance.



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