4.9 magnitude earthquake in the southwest


An earthquake magnitude 4.9 this happened on Wednesday morning at 10.55am on the border between the Charente, the Gironde and the Charente-Maritime.

Detected initially at 33 kilometers from Coutras, the earthquake was then validated by an analyst of the National Seismic Monitoring Network (RéNass), located 34 kilometers from Pauillac and 32 kilometers from Blaye in the Gironde, 24 kilometers from Barbezieux in France . Charente, 18 km from Jonzac and 5 km from Montendre in Charente-Maritime, and 33 km from La Roche-Chalais in the Dordogne. The epicenter, given for the first time at a depth of 10 km, was later announced at 6 km deep.

Low to moderate risk

A second earthquake, of lesser intensity, 2.8 on the Richter scale, occurred in the same place at 11:29. The area is not known to be particularly exposed to seismic risk. According to the cartography of the Ministry of the Environment, the Gironde is in a low-risk area, while parts of the Charente-Maritime and Charente are in moderate risk areas.

The editorial advises you

The shock was felt in Gironde, Charente-Maritime, Charente, Dordogne and Corrèze, according to early evidence. The building of the newspaper "Sud Ouest", located on the right bank of Bordeaux, vibrated for a few seconds, to everyone's surprise.

"Everything shook at home"

"I was in the living room watching TV, I heard a low growl and shook for 5 seconds, everything shook at home" tells a Dordogne user. "The earth trembled in full swing with the 4th, allows us to see again," said a professor Ribérac. "The video projector, the walls and windows were shaking and the students were surprised."

"The first time I hear an earthquake, it's very scary not to know if the building is falling apart", testifies a surfer who felt the shock in Bordeaux." I was on the phone with someone from the city of Montlieu-la-Garde at the time of the tremor, testifies a user of Angouleme, Charente, on the site of the Central Bureau seismologique français (BCSF). He heard the shake 2-3 seconds before me. "

No injuries

Another, established in Belvès, in the Dordogne, claims to have worked "in the attic" of his home when "The whole roof started to break from everywhere. Then the shaking shook the ground for a few seconds. "In Archiac, Charente-Maritime, a witness said he heard a noise similar to" a truck passing through a small road ". In Laruscade, Gironde, a surfer from SudOuest.fr claims to have heard a" loud noise, as an explosion ", adding that" the walls were trembling "." Many thought of the "nuclear" plant of Braud-et-Saint-Louis ", he adds.

In Barbezieux-Saint-Hilaire, two chimneys collapsed into two empty apartments and the neighbors were evacuated as a precaution. According to the Charente and Charente-Maritime prefectures, no injuries should be deplored in these departments. The Gironde prefecture also guarantees that "no injuries or material damages" will be observed "at this time". He adds, however, that there is a "possibility of minor damage to vulnerable buildings".


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