Mild earthquake hits the north of France

Mild earthquake hits the north of France
The image above depicts a road sign marking the Belgian border, close to which the earthquake's tremors were felt. Credit: Kurt Desplenter/Belga.

A 3.0-magnitude earthquake struck northern France at 13:03 on Monday. Given the region's proximity to the Belgian border, certain residents in the Walloon municipality of Tournai also felt the earthquake's tremors.

The epicentre of the earthquake occurred 13 kilometres from Lille, according to the Euro-Mediterranean Seismological Center. The towns nearest to the epicentre include Rieulay, Sin-le-Noble, Denain, and Saint-Amand-les-Eaux.

However, the earthquake had gone unnoticed by certain residents, given its relatively modest magnitude.

Monday's earthquake was the first ever recorded in the region's history and was the second to strike France in less than a year. The most recent was in March 2022 in the southeast of France, with a magnitude of 4.5.

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