Shallow moderate 4.8 magnitude earthquake hit French Southern Alps

Shallow moderate 4.8 magnitude earthquake hit French Southern Alps

Shortly before midnight a moderate but very shallow magnitude 4.8  earthquake struck the French Southern Alps.  The earthquake was felt from the Alps ski areas down to the French Mediterranean coast. According to EMSC magnitude 4.8 earthquake struck 5 km (3.1 miles) east from Crévoux, 41 km (25.5 miles) south of Briançon and 100 km (62.1 miles) southwest of Turin with epicenter at depth of 2km (1.2 miles). Epicenter was located 92 km (57 miles) southwest of Torino, Italy, 102 km (63 miles) southeast of Grenoble, France, 107 km (66 miles) northwest of Nice, France and 582 km (361 miles) southeast of Paris, France.

USGS recorded magnitude 4.7 at depth of 3 km (1.9 miles). Local CEA-DAM station in Bruyères-le-Châtel recorded 4.9 magnitude. GEOFON Postdam recorded magnitude 4.6 at depth of 10km (6.2 miles). The earthquake has also been felt very well in South Western Italy, from the Alps until the Mediterranean coast. The extremely shallow depth of 2 km means that the shaking (explosion) must have been felt and heard hard by people in these villages.



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