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Earthquake rocks northern Sweden

TT/The Local · 16 Jun 2010, 08:47

Published: 16 Jun 2010 08:47 GMT+02:00

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"I was at home surfing on my computer when I felt everything start to shake. It started to rattle as if a train was going past and continued for 15-20 seconds, maybe longer. I had time to become really scared, anyway," said Malin, who lives in the eastern parts of Skellefteå, to the TT news agency.

"When it was over the birds started to chirp in confusion," she said.

The first preliminary details show that the epicentre of the quake lay somewhere between Skellefteå and Luleå, according to Reynir Bödvarsson at the Uppsala seismology institute.

"We get one of these strong ones each year somewhere in Sweden. This area is one of those which experience the most earthquakes in the country," he said.

The police fielded a number of calls from people wondering what was occurring.

"Around 20 people have called and wondered what was happening. But there are no injuries recorded as far as I know," Dan Jones at Västerbotten police said.

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The earthquake occurred at around 10.30pm, shortly after the end of the Brazil-North Korea World Cup match.

The news of the earthquake spread rapidly across Swedish social media websites with a new Facebook group entitled: "Those of us who felt the legendary earthquake", attracting over 2,000 members by Wednesday morning.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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Your comments about this article

10:01 June 16, 2010 by richparker
I'm sure I'll be pulled up as a pedant for saying this but, please, a few points here scream of sloppy journalism:

"When it was over the birds started to chirp in confusion," - does this quotee really know why the birds were chirping, or for that matter in which state of mind they were prior to, during or post earthquake? I hazard to guess not. Where as this is hardly her fault, just another case of not engaging the brain before speaking, it does beg the question of the journalist as to why they thought it quote-worthy.

If, as reported, a large number of calls being fielded by the police is "around 20...." then I'm guessing that more than 2 would be described as "quite a few", a dozen could be thus "loads!!" and the superlative nature of infinity might well be ascribed to anything approaching the vast number of 100.

WHAT has any of this, admittedly shocking, event got to do with Brazil, North Korea, the scoreline, World Cup or football in general; the answer is not 2-1, but a demonstratively large ZERO.

I shan't mention the ubiquity of Facebook, as either reference material or valueless soundboard for all and sundry, nor the peppering of grammatical slips in this piece as, while I can accept my pedantry, I try to avoid being a word-nazi.

Please try a little harder Local, while I may not be a journalist myself, you guys purport to hold aloft the reporting of news.
11:15 June 16, 2010 by shame, shame
you can see by the byline the story is from news agency TT, so perhaps your journalistic pedantry, while justified, should perhaps be more directed to them.
16:35 June 16, 2010 by rajkamal
The comment by richparker are obviously irrelevant and sarcastic.
17:18 June 16, 2010 by mjennin2
Article title: "Earthquake *Rocks* Northern Sweden"

Earthquake magnitude: 3.8

Haaahahahah! Well, I suppose one could consider that as being "rocked" if one lived in a region that is not used to earthquakes (although I thought they were fairly common in those parts?) Come move to Southern California...we had a 5.9 earthquake 2 nights ago with over 100 aftershocks afterwards. That'll give you an idea of what "being rocked" feels like. Ha!
21:16 June 16, 2010 by saab
I'm just waiting for people like Marko and Audrian to blame the earthquake on Zionist imperialist colonialist IDF spies.
01:04 June 17, 2010 by dizzymoe33
I didn't realize Sweden had any earthquakes? We have them quite frequently here on the West Coast of the US.
12:50 June 18, 2010 by soultraveler3
Lol @ saab, you probably right, Marko will find someway to connect the earthquake ti Islam or Iseral or something.

@richparker I don't think the woman that was quoted was confused, or that it was bad reporting necessarily. Animals always act weird when things like that happen.
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