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Swedes wake up to Monday earthquake

Published: 06 Aug 2012 08:00 GMT+02:00
Updated: 06 Aug 2012 08:00 GMT+02:00

An earthquake in the sea between Sweden and Denmark woke Swedes in southwestern Sweden early on Monday morning.

“We woke up at 5am by the whole house shaking. The walls were groaning. We haven’t had a chance to check if there are any cracks anywhere,” said Anne and Mathias Elm in Ängelholm to news agency TT.

In the village of Skogaby, close to Laholm, villagers first thought a freight train had derailed close by.

“We live on a hill facing the sea. For a moment I feared the house was sliding down,“ one villager said.

According to seismologist Reynir Bödvarsson at Uppsala University, the quake measured just above 4 on the Richter scale, rather rare for Sweden.

“Quakes of this magnitude happen maybe every ten years in the Sweden-Denmark area. It is rather special,” said Bödvarsson to TT.

Quakes that measure around 3 on the Richter scale occur about three times a year in Sweden, according to Bödvarsson. Tremors reaching 2 on the scale occur some ten times a year.

“The Kattegatt strait is an area which sometimes sees these somewhat larger quakes. They happen every now and again, but it is a bit unusual that they reach this magnitude,” Bödvarsson told TT.

Police in Halmstad reported receiving some 30 calls after the quake and said that in their offices on the fourth floor, windows were shaking and furniture wobbling but that was all.

Bödvarsson told TT that a quake of this magnitude should pose no threat to buildings and that any potential after-quakes should be so small that they will probably not even be noticed.

According to the US geological survey, USGS, the quake occurred in the sea at an approximate depth of 5.8 kilometres beneath the ocean some 51 km south west of Falkenberg, 60 km north west of Höganäs, 61 km west of Halmstad, and 61 km south southwest of Varberg.

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08:15 August 6, 2012 by Ozonator
North Sea is a correct AGW quake prediction. It was in the "North Sea (4+)" region under 8/5 - 11/12, exceeded the 3.5 minimum, within the standard 2-week model, and was within 100 miles from the epicenter as measured to Blokhus on the Jutland Peninsula on the shore of the North Sea. The mostly good people with unfriendly user web maps at the USGS reported with poorly colored numbers and letters, the technically major quake - Magnitude Richters ... Date ... Region: "4.4 ... 2012/08/06 ... DENMARK" (earthquake.usgs.gov).
10:30 August 6, 2012 by Atlas
Didn't hear a thing...
12:52 August 6, 2012 by azimuth
Bah 4 points are so common where I come from so that we even don't pay attention to those earthquakes. And guess Turks and Iranians would agree as well :)
19:04 August 7, 2012 by flyingcuttlefish
Ringhals nuclear power plant completely unaffected.

That's why Google news scrubbed any mention of this large earthquake today.

Everything's fine.

Just FINE!
02:32 August 9, 2012 by Spuds MacKenzie
A 4.0?? Hahahaha!! Where I come from (California) a lil' baby quake like this isn't even mentioned in the news. If it was a 6 or higher then you can report it!
07:30 August 9, 2012 by Ozonator
In reality, both the twin Los Angeles quakes and the North Sea region quake were well reported. And, the Los Angeles was also a correct AGW quake prediction. It was easily within the standard 2-weeks model, easily within the 3.5 minimum, easily within 100 miles of Los Angeles, and in the "Los Angeles (4+)" region under 8/5 - 11/12. With the 2nd quake a continuing correct, "Southern California was shaken Wednesday by the second moderate but widely felt earthquake in less than 11 hours, but no harm was reported. ... the magnitude-4.5 quake occurred ... about 35 miles southeast of Los Angeles. A magnitude-4.5 quake centered in the same area struck late Tuesday night. ... Seismologist Kate Hutton of the California Institute of Technology characterized the quakes as a swarm. ... "This is likely normal California earthquake activity," Hutton said" ("Southern Calif. shakes from small earthquakes"; THE ASSOCIATED PRESS; miamiherald.com, 8/8/12).

Among 30 others, I had predicted "North Sea (4+)" and "Los Angeles (4+)" on 8/5/12 ~ 222 PM CST in:

http://thehill.com/blogs/e2-wire/e2-wire/242239-harsh-weather-doesnt-prove-global-warming-republican-lawmakers-say
15:07 August 10, 2012 by james_g
Ozonator - you're deranged!
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