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Earthquake in the Pyrenees: An Earthquake of Magnitude 4 felt in Haute-Garonne

An earthquake of magnitude 4 was recorded on the night of Monday 6th to Tuesday 7th August 2018 in the Pyrenees, according to the French central bureau of seismic activity. The inhabitants felt it.

The earth trembled in the night of Monday 6 to Tuesday 7 August 2018, in the Pyrenees . According to the site franceseisme.fr , published by the BCSF (Bureau national seismologique français) an earthquake of magnitude 4 on the Richter scale was indeed recorded at 22:49. It should be noted that the  Renass (National Seismic Surveillance Network) initially reported only an earthquake of magnitude 3.5. Still, such an earthquake generates a “moderate” human perception according to the BCSF, whose map of the phenomenon of the night relies on some 132 testimonials.

Felt in Haute-Garonne

The epicenter was located 16 km east of Bagneres-de-Bigorre, near Sarrancolin (Hautes-Pyrenees), between Lannemezan and Saint-Lary. On the social networks, Internet users ensure that the earthquake was felt until Bagnères-de-Luchon , Haute-Garonne. It was even at Luchon that the most reports were sent  to the BCSF.

What the residents really felt

This earthquake did not cause any injuries or damage, but it still aroused reactions in the region. These CBSF cards testify to what the residents really felt.

Residents shocked with the Earthquake in the Pyrenees
Panicked, scared, worried? How did the inhabitants of the region react tonight? (© screenshot franceseisme.com)

Two more earthquakes in the night




second earthquake, much lighter  (of magnitude 1.4, was then increased to 0:01 in the Pyrenees. This time, the epicenter was between Saint-Lary and the Spanish border. Note finally a third earthquake was recorded this night in Occitania: in the Massif Central this time, near Séverac-le-Château (Aveyron), where magnitude 2.9 earthquake was reported at 22:49, thirty seconds after the first earthquake of Pyrenees.

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