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Bergen hit by weekend earthquake

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11:55 CET+01:00
Residents of the old German trading town of Bergen have called their local newspapers to report a five-second-long earthquake that one said felt “disgusting”.

The Sunday morning quake hit 2.5 on the Richter scale of seismology, said Kuvvet Atakan of Bergen University’s Department of Earth Sciences to newspaper Bergens Tidende. He said it was the biggest earthquake to be felt in western Norway in ten years.

Atakan assuaged fears fanned by an earlier news report that suggested “many could die” in the event rising sea levels forced waves into the city amid a powerful, simultaneous earthquake.

“I can never rule out more earthquakes, but I don’t believe in (a monster quake),” said Atakan.

The centre of the tremor was out beneath the depths of Eidsvågfjorden, near Storøya, or 60.446 degrees north latitude, 5.298 east longitude. Those who say they felt the shake can register their observations at skjelv.no (or quake.no).

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