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Earthquake of the Century in Northwestern Europe: The Roermond, The Netherlands, Earthquake of April 13, 1992: A Reprint from “Earthquakes and Volcanoes”
T. van Eck (au); L. Ahorner (au); H. Paulssen (au)
Early Monday morning, at 3:20 a.m. local time on April 13, 1992, fierce ground shaking woke up many people in the Dutch province of Limburg and bordering regions in Germany and Belgium. The shaking was caused by an earthquake of Richter magnitude 5.9, centered near the Dutch city of Roermond. For many, this was a frightful experience because strong earthquakes are an unusual phenomenon in this part of the world. Many older buildings and some poorly constructed modern buildings showed failures. Europe has not experienced an earthquake of greater size in the past 200 years. This article provides geological information about the Roermond earthquake, which had more than 200 aftershocks. Illus.
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