Pandemonium As Earthquake Of 5.1 Magnitude Shakes Western France

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Switzerland, June 22

Thousands of people near the Loire Valley in Western France feared for their lives Friday night when an earthquake measuring 5.1 on the Richter scale struck.

The tremor was mostly felt near the town of Bressuire.

Though no damage was immediately reported, National Civil Security Service spokesman, Col. Michael Bernier said the tremors had sparked concern in several regions because “so many people” felt them.  

Alarmed residents reported the quake from as far afield as Normandy in the north, and Bordeaux in the south.  

The epicentre of the 5.1 magnitude quake was near the small town of Bressuire, according to the national seismic service. ( Shutterstock )

Reports also flooded in from the cities of Le Mans, Nantes, Rennes and Caen. It comes after a quake of magnitude 4.9 struck around 30 miles north of Bordeaux in late March this year.

Earthquakes of such magnitude are considered moderate but are relatively rare in France, though dozens of moderate quakes are recorded each year.  The last deadly earthquake to hit France occurred in 1909 when a magnitude 6 tremor struck in the town of Lambesc in Provence.

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