Small quake shakes central Switzerland

2012-02-24 10:01
Geneva - A light earthquake shook Switzerland's central Zug region early on Friday, the Swiss Seismological Service in Zurich said.

The earthquake had a magnitude of 3.3 on the open-ended Richter scale, and the epicentre was located 6km southeast of Zug.

The quake was clearly felt in the region, the SDA-ATS news service reported.

Zug is about 20km south of Zurich.

Earthquakes of this magnitude do not usually cause damage.

Switzerland is considered at a low to moderate risk of earthquakes. Experts believe an earthquake of magnitude 6 could be expected around once a century and a destructive powerful quake of magnitude 7 only once every 1 000 years.

The town of Basel was destroyed by a quake in 1356. More recently Sierre was rocked by a magnitude 6 quake in 1946.

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