Earthquake shakes southern Sweden

Several papers reported that an earthquake centred in Lithuania early on Tuesday morning was felt in many parts of southern Sweden.

Reynir Bödvarsson at the Institute of Seismology in Uppsala told Svenska Dagbladet that the tremor touched 5.0 on the Richter scale.

“It was the biggest earthquake in this area in a hundred years,” he said. “You’ve got to go back to a tremour in the Oslo fjord in 1904 to find something comparable.”

The effects were worst in the area south of Kaliningrad in Lithuania where the quake originated. The “shock wave” worked its way across the entire coastline of Latvia and Poland with an unexpected force.

Göteborgsposten got onto its sources Kaliningrad and reported that “high rise buildings had started to shake” and that “some buildings had been mildly damaged in the area”. Apparently nobody was injured in the incident and no buildings on Swedish soil were damaged.

Despite this, the effects of the quake scared quite a number of people – including Landskrona’s councillors. The entire town hall was evacuated when the first tremors were noticed around 2pm on Tuesday.

One major issue in connection with the quake, according to Swedish papers, was the effects and possible damage it may have had on nuclear power plants in the Baltic region. But Anders Jörle, at the Swedish Nuclear Inspection Authority, reassured a concerned Göteborgs Posten.

“If there had been any cause of concern or any reason to worry we would know”, he said.

Sources: Svenska Dagbladet, Göteborgs Posten