RTV Drenthe reports that there was a 2.0 magnitude earthquake in the Drenthe town of Dalen on Tuesday morning.
Translation by Traci White
The Royal Netherlands Meteorological Institute (KNMI) told RTV Drenthe that there was an earthquake in the province on Tuesday just before noon. The quake had a magnitude of 2.0 on the Richter scale.
The quake occurred around three kilometres underground, and Läslo Evers, a seismologist as KNMI, says that it was likely caused due to gas extraction operations in the vicinity. There have been earthquakes in the same area in 2000 and 2002, but they are not nearly as frequent as the induced earthquakes in the gas fields in Groningen.
Evers told RTV Drenthe that there had not been any damage complaints filed as far as he was aware, but a couple of people had indicated in an online form that they had felt the earthquake. “They described it as feeling like someone was driving down the street in a big lorry.”
Photo source: KNMI
Correction: An earlier version of this story stated that the earthquake occurred just before 10 a.m. It occurred at 11:53 a.m. local time.
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