In Groningen Sunday morning an earthquake with a magnitude of 2.3 occurred. It is the second time in a week that the region is affected by a relatively heavy earthquake.
The epicenter was in accordance with the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI) Start at Home. The shock occurred at 4:07 pm and a few minutes later, followed by a small aftershock of 0.9.
Tuesday was at Loppersum a quake with a magnitude of 2.7. That is so far the worst earthquake of the year. Thursday was at Hellum was still a shock of 1.8 and early May at Zijldijk a quake of 2.5.
According to “RTV Noord” Groningen are awakened by the quake. “The reports in the newsroom will include ‘t Zandt, Middelstum and Loppersum. In some of the messages felt the quake less severe than those in Loppersum, earlier this week,” said the regional broadcasting.
According to the Royal Dutch Meteorological Institute (KNMI), there is no particular reason to be designated for the earthquake. “The tremors take place around Loppersum, where the compaction and therefore stress build-up in the substrate is the greatest. This is a period of increased activity. We have often seen in the past, “said a spokeswoman.
The tremors are caused by out of the ground in Groningen gas is pumped. Ending gas production is planned for mid 2022 and is now being phased out. “This does not mean that there will be no earthquakes. That has happened for years and there has long been a lot of activity underground. That can not just be stopped. This may in the long term. ”
According to the Institute of Mining Damage Groningen (IMG) there since the quake in Loppersum to Sunday 12.00 998 damage reports were to homes and buildings. Also, there were 11 reports of acute unsafe situations. The number of reports compared to the week before more than 60 percent higher. Then came in the same period 622 in damage reports. That percentage has not changed since Friday. For now, the impact of the quake on Startenhuizen seems to be limited to this growth. From the immediate vicinity of the epicenter have so far received three reports damage, according to the IMG.
Groningen can go Sunday at IMG. Normally closed the phone on Sundays and holidays. But after the quake on Sunday would IMG residents offer a listening ear and an opportunity to give their heart to vent or specific questions to ask.
Minister Eric Wiebes wishes Groningers much strength, after the province was hit for the third time in a week by an earthquake. The minister understands that “earthquakes, especially when they take place as soon as each other, lead to unrest,” writes his ministry on Twitter.
The province of Groningen is again rocked by an earthquake. The quake with a magnitude of 2.7 on the Richter scale, the worst this year. The epicenter is located in Loppersum.