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Vendee: An Earthquake of a Magnitude 4.8 in the Night

An earthquake woke the Vendee, on the night of Sunday to Monday, causing no injuries. The epicenter was located at the boundary between the Vendee and Deux Sevres. The tremor was felt even in Vienne.

Firefighters in Vendée, Deux-Sèvres received dozens of phone calls on Monday 12th February at dawn. Calls for people reporting that they had been awakened by a loud noise.

It was an earthquake of magnitude 4.8 on the Richter scale, occurred at 4 am 08, according to initial data from the national seismic monitoring network (RéNaSS).

At the border of Vendee and Deux-Sèvres




The epicenter was located in Saint-Hilaire-de-Voust, Vendée common border with the Deux-Sèvres department. This town of just over 600 inhabitants is located about twenty kilometres northeast of Fontenay-le-Comte, and ten kilometers southeast of La Chataigneraie.

The moderate intensity earthquake caused no major damage and no injuries, according to information collected from backup.

According to the Central Seismological Bureau French, the earthquake was perceived to Niort, but Parthenay, Bressuire The Épesses, Fontenay-le-Comte and even Poitiers (Vienne).

It was an earthquake of magnitude 4.8 on the Richter scale, occurred at 4 am 08, according to initial data from the national seismic monitoring network (RéNaSS).

At the border of Vendee and Deux-Sèvres

The epicenter was located in Saint-Hilaire-de-Voust, Vendée common border with the Deux-Sèvres department. This town of just over 600 inhabitants is located about twenty kilometres northeast of Fontenay-le-Comte, and ten kilometres southeast of La Chataigneraie.

The moderate intensity earthquake caused no major damage and no injuries, according to information collected from backup.

According to the Central Seismological Bureau French, the earthquake was perceived to Niort, but Parthenay, Bressuire The Épesses, Fontenay-le-Comte and even Poitiers (Vienne).

An area exposed to earthquakes

The Vendee is one of the French departments most exposed to seismic risk. On 16 October 2017, an earthquake of magnitude 3.6 was recorded between Challans and Saint-Gilles-Croix-de-Vie .

Since 2000, the earth shook hundreds of times in the West

April 28, 2016, an earthquake whose epicenter was in the Charente Maritime was widely felt by the Vendeans .

A magnitude 4.9 earthquake was also registered in June 2001 near Chantonnay (Vendée).

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