Town in Germany rocked by mini-Quake
by FFE EU News Staff
At 7am Friday in the sleepy west German town of Haltern am See, residents were jolted awake by a violent shaking. Calls flooded the local police as residents saw their beds and walls shake just before dawn.
Geologists measured the morning quake at 3.6 on the Richter scale, the strongest to hit the town in years. Town resident and geology student Jens Skapsi said ‘The entire house sunk down and then swung violently from side to side. It was the first time in 30 years that I was scared the house would collapse.’
The culprit is said to be old mine shafts in the area. Sagging tunnels have caused tremors in the past, but Friday’s mini-earthquake was a record-breaker. A seismologist from Bochum university, which continues to monitor the quakes in the area, however assured the public that stronger quakes do not necessarily mean bigger damage.