An earthquake registering 2.2 on the Richter scale could be felt on Tuesday at 1:18 pm in the south of Budapest. The earthquake was registered by the instruments of the Kövesligethy Radó Seismological Observatory, as well as people in the affected area, index.hu writes. So far, there have been no reports of damage.
The earthquake could be felt in districts XXI and XXIII. An earthquake of 2.2 magnitude is not unusual in Hungary, and it is classified as “minor” on the Richter scale.
Seismograph recording of the earthquake. Time-scale is meant in Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Photo: seismology.hu
On April 23, 2013, Heves county experienced an earthquake registering 4.8, and on August 15, 1985, the town of Berhida was affected by an earthquake of 4.9 magnitude, which caused damage to 72 houses.
The readers of index.hu reported their experiences of the recent earthquake:
- “We could feel it in District III. We live in Csillaghegy, near Szentendrei Street, and every time a bigger truck passes, the house shakes a little, but it was strange because there was nothing passing at the time.” (Dániel)
- “We could feel it in Dunaharaszti, too. There was a big rumble and the building was shaking. It didn’t last long, but it was quite scary” (Anett)
- “Even if it was just a 2.2, near the earthquake, we felt it a lot! We live a few streets away from the epicentre and the whole house was shaking, it was frightening!” (Nikolett)
- “In Székesfehérvár, in a flat on the ninth floor, the chandelier swung a little. We were getting ready for lunch, couldn’t hear anything, the TV was on.” (Laci)
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